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Game 33: Mariners at Yankees

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on May 04, 2008 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

YANKEES
Damon LF
Jeter SS
Abreu RF
Matsui DH
Giambi 1B
Cabrera CF
Cano 2B
Ensberg 3B
Moeller C
Rasner RHP

Carlos Silva vs. the New York hitters.

Darrell Rasner vs. the Seattle hitters.

Notes: Ian Kennedy has been demoted to Scranton to make room for Rasner on the 25-man roster. Brian Bruney was moved to the 60-day DL to clear space on the 40-man roster.

Tough blow for Kennedy but probably the right thing to do given his struggles. … Thanks to Kevin Devaney for calling in the info. Enjoy the game.

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703 Responses to “Game 33: Mariners at Yankees”

  1. Mike May 4th, 2008 at 11:11 am

    I’m looking for Rasner to be a pleasant surprise. He’s playing with house money, so to speak, and hopefully will do well.

  2. Jeff NJ May 4th, 2008 at 11:13 am

    Almost an identical lienup to yesterday except for Moeller. Silva has not impressed me over the years, yes he gets high strikeout numbers, but he can give up a ton of runs. Hopefully we’ll get the sweep today.

  3. Matt May 4th, 2008 at 11:18 am

    Get ready to whip out the brooms!!

    Darrell Rasner = Aaron Small from a couple of years ago!!

  4. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 May 4th, 2008 at 11:20 am

    Kennedy demoted, wow.

    I don’t want to see Damon in center. I want him in the line up, but I want him playing left field.

    Typo, Pete, you’re gonna scare a bunch of people…

  5. NYPD113th May 4th, 2008 at 11:26 am

    Generation Ney

  6. Patrick May 4th, 2008 at 11:27 am

    What a bad move. Kennedy has shown improvement in all of his starts. He has nothing left to prove in AAA. So much for developing young pitchers.

  7. Yazman May 4th, 2008 at 11:28 am

    Hopefully IPK focuses and comes back to help for the second half at least.

    If Rasner replaced Phil in the rotation, who is replacing Ian?

  8. Patrick May 4th, 2008 at 11:28 am

    If Rasner replaced Phil in the rotation, who is replacing Ian?

    KEI IGAWA STEP RIGHT UP

    Wonderful.

  9. x23 May 4th, 2008 at 11:30 am

    WOW!! Thats a surprise. I was pretty sure its Britton leaving again. At least hes sticking around.

  10. SJ44 May 4th, 2008 at 11:30 am

    He hasn’t shown improvement in every start.

    Every start has been the same. Short appearances, big innings, trouble throwing consistent strikes and trouble finishing hitters.

    How can he have nothing left to prove in AAA if he hasn’t pitched that many innings in AAA?

    The Yankees don’t need a 5th starter until May 10.

    Does it really make sense to have him sit around for a week? He’s better off going to AAA and getting some consistent work at this time.

    He has to get his confidence back and attack the strikezone. Unfortunately, the Yankees can’t wait for him to do it in NY.

    If he can get it together in Scranton, he will be recalled.

  11. Drive 4-5 May 4th, 2008 at 11:30 am

    Sending IPK to Scranton was the right thing to do. The Yankees flat out rushed him to the majors. Hope he takes the demotion well.

    He’s only pitched 149 minor league innings, only 34 at the AAA level. That’s not nearly enough for him to learn how to pitch at the major league level.He’s a terrific kid and we wish him the best.

  12. Greg May 4th, 2008 at 11:31 am

    Could IPK be down only for the game?

    Makes sense to keep the BP arm up in case Rasner is bad and IPK probably has more options then anyone else.

  13. Fran May 4th, 2008 at 11:32 am

    I think that sending Kennedy to Scranton was the right move. He needs to work out some things. The Yanks will only need a 5th starter 3 times this month which will not give him the opportunity to pitch much anyway. He can work in Scranton every 5th day.

    Meanwhile I hope that Rasner does well today. Seattle is not a great offensive team and is probably a good opponent to face for his first major league start this year.

  14. Matt May 4th, 2008 at 11:33 am

    Nice look Rebecca

  15. jennifer- I got your back Girardi May 4th, 2008 at 11:35 am

    :( feel bad for Ian, but it is for the best, he needs to get his head screwed on straight and get his act together, he’ll be back in 10 days if he pitches well and shows he can attack the zone again.

  16. jennifer- I got your back Girardi May 4th, 2008 at 11:37 am

    As Elland said lets not forget this is only Ian’s second season in professional baseball.

  17. Brad May 4th, 2008 at 11:37 am

    Sending Kennedy down is no surprise given that a 5th starter won’t ne needed but it’s still bothersome to see Giambi paraded out there every day and producing nothing. Rather than take a bat to the plate, he should bring a white flag and tell opposing fielders to position closer to the right field line just in case a ball bounces off of him.

  18. Terry May 4th, 2008 at 11:37 am

    I take it Moeller will be Rasner’s catcher for the duration of his time in the Majors, considering their familiiarity.

    When Molina starts to catch for Rasner, that could mean that his stay will be more permanent.

    Good Luck Darrel.

  19. M May 4th, 2008 at 11:37 am

    I was just gonna say you have 2 CF’s. Better fix that.

  20. JJ from NJ May 4th, 2008 at 11:37 am

    wow who had silva has always had strike out numbers, you must be thinkin of a different carlos silva

  21. LathamJoe May 4th, 2008 at 11:39 am

    Good move. IPK is overmatched right now and needs further seasoning at the AAA..and perhaps AA..level. So does Phil Hughes.
    As I’ve said over and over again, Cashman needs to go out and get an experienced No. 4 (at a minimum) rather than “roll the dice” in 2008 with their MiLB system. There are several prospects, but they take time to develop. The Yankees have a glut a talented righthanded pitchers. Use some of them to obtain a quality starter and a quality lefty relief pitcher.

  22. S.A.-I am still happy Phil Hughes was saved! May 4th, 2008 at 11:41 am

    Feel bad for Ian, but I suppose it is for the best. We will see him again. Get it together Ian!

    Let’s get a win today.

  23. Matt May 4th, 2008 at 11:41 am

    LathamJoe….Maybe someone like Bronson Arroyo from the Reds…he has experience pitching in the AL East and has suceeded at times.

  24. MackNova May 4th, 2008 at 11:45 am

    I liked Rasner when he first came up last year. There’s no reason he can’t be decent enough to be a #4-#5 starter to hold the fort.

  25. Jaewon May 4th, 2008 at 11:45 am

    Ian Kennedy was demoted to make room for Rasner. He has options and definitely has shown some improvement. It is very possible that he will pitch on his scheduled day in Scranton, and then come back up to pitch on May 10th for the Yankees.

    Why send down Britton or Veras when you have a starter who doesn’t have a reason to pitch until may 10th? Let him dominate for 1 start in Scranton and get his confidence up. Then he can come back and continue the hopeful climb to success.

  26. Theo May 4th, 2008 at 11:46 am

    Goodbye Kennedy! Another AAAA pitcher returning to exactly where he belongs.

  27. LathamJoe May 4th, 2008 at 11:49 am

    Matt,
    I agree, Not a bad choice, as long as the price tag isn’t too much. We discussed that possibility in some of yesterday’s threads. The Reds have “overvalued” Yankee prospects in the past (Claussen, Henson, Yarnall), maybe they’ll go for a couple of “B” level prospects.

  28. Jeff NJ May 4th, 2008 at 11:49 am

    Ok JJ, I stand corrected, could’ve sworn Silva was a strikeout guy.

    As for Kennedy, it is a procedural move due to the off day, but the Yankees can’t call him up for May 10th unless someone new goes on the DL. So it’s possible Kennedy won’t be back in the rotation until 5/15 at Tampa. The schedule gets much easier then anyway.

    The question to me is who gets called up May 10th for the one shot deal in Detroit. I can’t imagine they give that to Igawa, so I think we may get a one time look at McCutchen. You heard it here first.

  29. jennifer- I got your back Girardi May 4th, 2008 at 11:50 am

    Why would anyone want Bronson Arroyo. The guy is an ***.

    Theo- grow up, the guy is only in his second professional season. He needed to go down and regain his form. do you forget what he did last season?

  30. jennifer- I got your back Girardi May 4th, 2008 at 11:51 am

    I’d much rather give McCutchen a shot, than see Igawa back up here.

  31. SJ44 May 4th, 2008 at 11:53 am

    It will probably be either Stephen White or Igawa because both are on the 40 man roster.

    If McCutcheon was the choice, they would have to make room for him on the 40 man roster and cancel his next scheduled start. Its slated for Tuesday. I doubt they will do that.

    White and Igawa would be in line to pitch on the 10th and they wouldn’t have to make any additional procedural moves.

    White has pitched better this season than Igawa. Conversely, they don’t have 46 million dollars tied up in White.

    Don’t know which way they will go on this one.

    Igawa pitches today. Will be interesting to see how he does.

    That will probably play a role in the decision.

  32. Sal May 4th, 2008 at 11:53 am

    Theo
    May 4th, 2008 at 11:46 am
    Goodbye Kennedy! Another AAAA pitcher returning to exactly where he belongs.
    – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - -

    Yep, and the hitter’s grapevine will soon be figuring out the weaknesses of Buchholz just as they figured out Matsuzaka last year.

  33. Jaewon May 4th, 2008 at 11:53 am

    I am very pro-Kennedy, so don’t take this the wrong way. But Jennifer — what did he do last season? Pitch well in 3 Major League Games? Mussina just pitched well in 3 straight games. That doesn’t neccessarily mean I want him pitching a big game next year.

  34. S.A.-I am still happy Phil Hughes was saved! May 4th, 2008 at 11:54 am

    I’d rather see Shelley pitch a game than see Igawa.
    I think that would actually be kinda fun.
    ;)

  35. LathamJoe May 4th, 2008 at 11:55 am

    “The question to me is who gets called up May 10th for the one shot deal in Detroit.”

    JeffNJ:

    My money is on either Steven White or Kei Ugh-Gawa.

  36. #1 Mike Francseca supporter formerly jeta May 4th, 2008 at 11:56 am

    Mike francesca is the worlds smartest man alive he said to trade ian kennedy for santana. if only the yankees were run by mike francesca, managed by mike francesca and in his spare time mike francesca could teach thoose filthy bloggers such as peter a thing or two.

  37. JRVJ May 4th, 2008 at 11:57 am

    Good move on IPK.

    Clearly, he needs to get his groove back, and he is not going to get it back in the majors, especially with the upcoming May schedule.

    Having said that, I expect IPK to be back in the Bronx by the end of the month, once he’s got back his bearings…

  38. S.o.S. 27 May 4th, 2008 at 11:59 am

    What will it take for Giambi to finally sit the bench!!? Its funny how some injury prone players seem to stay healthy in their contract year. It seems like that is the only way this waste will not be in the lineup.
    Memo to Girardi. Hit and run with Giambi. Maybe that will do the job. Sorry for being harsh. But this is darn right ridiculous. If it was any other player who doesnt field his position he would have been say 2 weeks ago.

    What are the chances that McCutchen gets a shot?

  39. jennifer- I got your back Girardi May 4th, 2008 at 12:01 pm

    Yeah because the twins were going to take Ian for Santana straight up.

  40. jennifer- I got your back Girardi May 4th, 2008 at 12:03 pm

    Mike is that you? I mean it has to be, because no one on the face of the earth can possibly believe you are smart.

  41. S.o.S. 27 May 4th, 2008 at 12:04 pm

    Kennedy had a different problem than Hughes. It seemed like he would give a big inning per start. Could it be a lack of concentration? Would it help to have more coaches visits to the mound? Or catchers visits? Maybe slow down his delivery to the plate. Just trying to make sense of it all.

  42. S.A.-I am still happy Phil Hughes was saved! May 4th, 2008 at 12:07 pm

    Mike francessa-I thought you were scared of the internet and the..what was it again…vicious and nasty blogs and websites

  43. S.o.S. 27 May 4th, 2008 at 12:08 pm

    Santana is on pace to give up more bombs than last years 30. Worst of all hes in the n.l. I cant see him dominating like he has in the past. Its all down hill from here. In 2 years we’ll be looking at this no trade as the best move we’ve made. Melky an all star. Ian and Phil in the rotation winning 17 plus games.

  44. CP May 4th, 2008 at 12:08 pm

    Patrick your comment s dont even make sense. You say he has IPK has nothing left to prve in the minors yet he has hardly pitched in AAA> You say he has improved in all of his starts which is farther from the truth than your first comment, and then you say “so much for developing young pitchers”. Um that is what they are doing by sending him down to the minors, trying to develop him. I am starting to wonder if you even watch much baseball

  45. Yankee Fan in Boston May 4th, 2008 at 12:08 pm

    In Kennedy’s last start, I thought he looked much better on the mound, until he got runners on base. Then, he fell apart. His pitches started missing; he took more time between them; his face became grimmaced. Once he got behind batters, he started putting pitches right over the plate, and they jumped on him. The inning he was pulled he looked utterly different than the previous innings. Small sample size, however.

  46. Fredo Corleone May 4th, 2008 at 12:08 pm

    “What will it take for Giambi to finally sit the bench!!?”

    How about a legit alternative? If you add them all up, the Yankees have precisely ZERO MLB level 1B’s in their organization.

  47. Fran May 4th, 2008 at 12:09 pm

    SOS- Agree about Giambi. The fact that he is not hiting is bad enought, but his defense (if you can call it that!) is hurting the team.

  48. LathamJoe May 4th, 2008 at 12:09 pm

    IPK has a total of 236 IPs IN HIS PROFESSIONAL CAREER!.
    34 IPs at the AAA level. 43 IPs at the MLB Level. Other than the 19 innings pitched in 2007, his starts have been disasterous.
    He has okay stuff (compared to Hughes and Joba) and his strongest attributes are poise and excellent command – which he hasn’t come close to exhibiting this season.
    What makes anyone feel that he’ll be ready in a Month?
    I like IPK – hope he does comeback successfully in 2008. Odds this year? About as good as the Bloated Giambi winning an MVP Award. The Yankee Front Office made a judgemental error, Kennedy is not ready for MLB competition.

  49. Alex S. May 4th, 2008 at 12:09 pm

    I think we all need to stop focusing on the Santana trade. If anyone actually thought that Hughes + Kennedy would be outperforming Santana at this point in the season – or even at this point next season – they were severely overestimating the career paths of young pitchers.

    The fact is, 2008 and 2009 are likely going to be our rebuilding years. We’re integrating IPK, Hughes, and Joba into the rotation, we’re adding Edwar, Ohlendorf, and whatever young arms we can find in the minors to the bullpen, and we’re phasing out Giambi/Abreu as we search for younger/cheaper alternatives.

    If the cost of this is a few ugly starts and some oscillation between the minors and the bigs for these guys, I think it’s a price worth paying. Yes, the Yankee dictum is “Win Now,” but it’s exactly that philosophy that creates bloated contracts and bloated payrolls.

  50. Josh May 4th, 2008 at 12:11 pm

    does anyone else think the yes radar gun has been slow lately? it only had wang around 91-92 and joba around 94-96

  51. Fredo Corleone May 4th, 2008 at 12:11 pm

    Kennedy was foresaken a bit by weak outfield offense last time out, but he’s lacked mound presence and hasn’t responded well to adversity. Going from High A to the Al East in a year is an exceptionally difficult leap. He probably wasn’t quite readt for it.

  52. #1 Mike Francseca supporter May 4th, 2008 at 12:12 pm

    mike francesca is the know all end all supreme intelligence.
    funfact of the day mike francesca knows for a FACT that the yankees could have traded for santana by giving up austin jackson and kennedy..

  53. #1 Mike Francseca supporter May 4th, 2008 at 12:13 pm

    jennifer mike francesca is not only intelligent but came close to winning the sexiest man of the year award for not just the year but the century.

  54. jennifer- I got your back Girardi May 4th, 2008 at 12:13 pm

    Plus he has given up 5 homeruns in 2 games at home in a PITCHERS PARK!!!

  55. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 May 4th, 2008 at 12:13 pm

    “What will it take for Giambi to finally sit the bench!!?”

    How about a legit alternative? If you add them all up, the Yankees have precisely ZERO MLB level 1B’s in their organization.”

    Well put.

  56. jennifer- I got your back Girardi May 4th, 2008 at 12:15 pm

    Okay now I know you are joking. :)

  57. JoeT YANKEES - Joba = SP May 4th, 2008 at 12:17 pm

    Kennedy will miss one start and he’ll be back, they don’t need a 5th starter for a little bit so he goes to AAA, makes a start, and he comes back when we need a 5th starter again

    to me it’s a way to give him a “tune-up” start in AAA while clearing space on the roster for the time being

  58. #1 Mike Francseca supporter May 4th, 2008 at 12:18 pm

    MIke francesca thinks phil hughes is a bust. that the only person fit to be the manager is mike francesca. and mike francesca came so close to winning the sexiest award but sadly lost the swimsuit competetion

  59. JoeT YANKEES - Joba = SP May 4th, 2008 at 12:19 pm

    Josh – I’ve thought the YES gun has been like 3-4 mph slow just about all year…. even Krazy Kyle has been throwing 94-95 on the YES gun

  60. S.o.S. 27 May 4th, 2008 at 12:19 pm

    “How about a legit alternative? If you add them all up, the Yankees have precisely ZERO MLB level 1B’s in their organization.’

    Does it matter? Its not like they are taking over a gold glove first baseman or anything. Hell put Gonzalez in there. Or better yet. The bat boy. Cant do any worse.

  61. Fran May 4th, 2008 at 12:20 pm

    How about a legit alternative? If you add them all up, the Yankees have precisely ZERO MLB level 1B’s in their organization.”

    How does Cashman explain that. A $200 million payroll and no legitimate first baseman.

    Thank goodness Giambi’s contract is up after this season so maybe the Yanks can get a serviceable first baseman.

  62. Fredo Corleone May 4th, 2008 at 12:22 pm

    “Josh – I’ve thought the YES gun has been like 3-4 mph slow just about all year…. even Krazy Kyle has been throwing 94-95 on the YES gun”

    In truth, it’s probably been 3-4 mph too fast the past few seasons.

  63. LathamJoe May 4th, 2008 at 12:23 pm

    “What will it take for Giambi to finally sit the bench!!?”

    How about a legit alternative? If you add them all up, the Yankees have precisely ZERO MLB level 1B’s in their organization.”

    Bet they can find someone in the Organization to put up better numbers that .154 BA, .320 OBP, field and throw better than Gator-Arms Giambi at 1B!

    Anyone catch Jeter’s reaction yesterday when the Bloated Giambi floundered and flopped after a reachable double play throw from Jete? (After he also messed up a throw from Ensberg)
    Jeter’s look said it all!

  64. JoeT YANKEES - Joba = SP May 4th, 2008 at 12:25 pm

    “Bet they can find someone in the Organization to put up better numbers that .154 BA, .320 OBP, field and throw better than Gator-Arms Giambi at 1B!”

    I’m willing to bet I could find someone on this blog, nevermind the organization lol

  65. TIME 4 # 27 May 4th, 2008 at 12:25 pm

    Is today the day, that cano break’s out of his slump???

  66. Micky#7--Old Ranger May 4th, 2008 at 12:26 pm

    I believe in IPK/Phil, send them; down, up, sideways, I don’t care! The main thing is, get them back on track, right? If it takes a trip to AAA, so be it…talent will come through.
    Can some of the people that want to trade for a #3/4 pitcher please name one we could have gotten, or can get now, without giving up the farm?
    Sorry, but going back to the old way of doing things got us to this point in the first place. 27/08.

  67. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 May 4th, 2008 at 12:26 pm

    JoeT: You probably could.

  68. #1 Mike Francseca supporter May 4th, 2008 at 12:28 pm

    great idea bloggers yankees starting 1b man mike francessca

  69. S.o.S. 27 May 4th, 2008 at 12:28 pm

    “I’m willing to bet I could find someone on this blog, nevermind the organization lol”

    Are you ready to answer the call Fredo?

  70. JoeT YANKEES - Joba = SP May 4th, 2008 at 12:29 pm

    On a more serious note…. why the hell doesn’t Giambi just hit the ball to the left side.. not drive the ball, not go against his natural swing etc….. just stick that bat out and poke it. He’s hitting 154.. poke the ball the other way and get on base. It’s not like he’s hitting .250 with a few home runs and he wants to keep pulling the ball to put it out, just get on base and start there

  71. Patrick May 4th, 2008 at 12:30 pm

    “Patrick your comment s dont even make sense. You say he has IPK has nothing left to prve in the minors yet he has hardly pitched in AAA> You say he has improved in all of his starts which is farther from the truth than your first comment, and then you say “so much for developing young pitchers”. Um that is what they are doing by sending him down to the minors, trying to develop him. I am starting to wonder if you even watch much baseball”

    You don’t like my opinions so you find it necessary to insult me? Awesome. At least SJ made his point in a non-inflammatory way.

    Kennedy HAS shown improvement in his last two starts. On the 26th he got through 5 innings and gave up 3 runs. In that start he had 1 bad inning where he walked several guys and gave up a couple bloop hits. His other 4 innings were very good.

    Against Detroit last time out he looked very good in the first several innings. Again he had one bad inning which was partially due to horrible defense by Abreu and Damon.

    Obviously what Kennedy is giving us right now is not very good but you can’t say he hasn’t shown improvement.

    He really doesn’t have anything to prove at AAA, it doesn’t matter if he spent little time there. He ripped through the system because he was already a polished pitcher coming out of college. Not to mention AAA is a joke anyways, in some ways it’s weaker than AA.

  72. Doreen May 4th, 2008 at 12:32 pm

    Wow. I didn’t really expect to hear that news (about Kennedy). But thinking about it rationally instead of emotionally, it is better for him to go to AAA and work than sit in the majors and skip a couple of starts because a 5th starter is not needed. It comes down to where his Kennedy served better? Right now, it’s AAA. And consequently, if IPK is served better, then the ML club will be better in the long term as well. IPK will be back.

    This season has had a topsy-turvy feel to it almost since — no, absolutely since — Day 1, and the rained out opening day game where it never really rained.

    I hope Rasner has a good game today, at least a quality start.

    Is anyone else feeling like this season isn’t going to get started for our Yankees until around the All-Star break????

  73. LathamJoe May 4th, 2008 at 12:32 pm

    JoeT:
    Absolutely! He was stroking to Left in Spring Training. He could even BUNT and “waddle-it-out” for a hit!

  74. george May 4th, 2008 at 12:34 pm

    it’s not a huge deal, but IMO demoting Kennedy was a poor decision. it’s not like there’s anyone with a better potential upside coming in to start on Saturday (or whenever the 5th guy gets slotted.)

    i say this because why keep Britton around? even if u want to skip Kennedy’s next start, why not use Kennedy for long-relief/mop-up, which is a classic way of breaking youngsters in? that seems as good a way to give him a pause as demoting him. i don’t think Girardi will put Britton – or Ramirez (or Hawkins!), for that matter – in game situations, they seem to be mop-up guys. Kennedy at least would give more innings. how many 1-inning RHP relievers do the Yankees need, are they trying to break some sort of record?

  75. S.o.S. 27 May 4th, 2008 at 12:34 pm

    Dont need to pull off a trade for a pitcher if Joba is a couple weeks away.

  76. CP May 4th, 2008 at 12:34 pm

    I am not insulting you, I was just telling you your logic made no sense. How is sending someone down to AAA that has been terrible in the majors not developing them? It is better for him to get things figured out down there than it is for him to get killed in the majors and hurt th eteam in the process. And please explain to me how AAA is a joke again?

  77. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 May 4th, 2008 at 12:34 pm

    Doreen: I’m with you. I think a lot of the first two months is just Joe Girardi figuring out what he has–both on the field and off–to deal with, but it’s nice to see that he’s making adjustments.

  78. S.o.S. 27 May 4th, 2008 at 12:36 pm

    I dont know whats worse a 20 million dollar a year bunter or a pinch hitter/bench warmer? I still say write off our loses and bench him.

  79. ER May 4th, 2008 at 12:39 pm

    Pencil it in. 0 for x day for Cano.

  80. Fran May 4th, 2008 at 12:41 pm

    On the pre-game show Kim just said that the Yanks have said that Igawa will probable take that #5 starter’s spot next week-end in Detroit.

  81. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 May 4th, 2008 at 12:42 pm

    S.O.S: The benchwarmer. Even if the pitcher is doing what you need him to, he’s only pitching every five days.

  82. Abepeter May 4th, 2008 at 12:42 pm

    I just hope the Yankees don’t play musical chairs with pitchers in terms of starts. I think that will mess up all involved. Let Kennedy have three or four starts in Scranton to see what he can do in a relaxed setting. The same goes with Rasner. Let him have his normal rest between starts so his mental approach will be right. As for who replaces Kennedy, I think it should be White just because Igawa couldn’t get it done last year. But even it is Igawa stick with decision for at least three but preferably four starts.

  83. This Year May 4th, 2008 at 12:44 pm

    From what I have read, the last offer from Twins was Kennedy AND Wang and another prospect. Want that deal?

  84. jennifer- I got your back Girardi May 4th, 2008 at 12:44 pm

    If he does well. Pray that Igawa gets smacked around, so we can bring someone else up. :lol:

  85. jennifer- I got your back Girardi May 4th, 2008 at 12:45 pm

    This year, you are right that is what I heard the final offer is too.

  86. This Year May 4th, 2008 at 12:45 pm

    Gee, Cabrera, Ordonez and Sheff must be shaking in their boots as they await the great Igawa.

  87. Scorpio May 4th, 2008 at 12:45 pm

    Hmm, sounds like IPK can’t handle the NYC spotlight. Even Bobby Murcer has commented on the bad sound of that.

  88. mel May 4th, 2008 at 12:47 pm

    Did you guys see the Inside Reporters?

    Guests: Breton, Kay, and Lupica.

    Yes, they killed Cashman.

  89. mel May 4th, 2008 at 12:51 pm

    No to any deal that includes Wang.

  90. Fran May 4th, 2008 at 12:51 pm

    Mel – I missed it. What exactly did they kill him for? The Santana non-trade? Or just in general?

  91. This Year May 4th, 2008 at 12:51 pm

    Breton + Kay + Lupica= a baseball IQ of 40. And Lupica hates the Yankees. Repeat, do you want to give up IPK and Wang and another prospect (Marquez or Horne, I think) fror Santana? I don’t.

  92. CaptainsCorner May 4th, 2008 at 12:52 pm

    It still doesnt mean that he isn’t going to get everyone out in the minors and have a zero era and then came back and continuce to nibble. We have seen that #’s in the minors mean nothing up here. Since Igawa is the Cy Young of AAAAA. But even he said maybe it is better that he goes down and doesn’t have to work out his struggles in front of 1 million eyes.

  93. TKinDC May 4th, 2008 at 12:52 pm

    Lupica is a clown and a yankee hater. I just don’t get Michael Kay piling on too. I guess he is trying to develop some street cred b/c everyone knows who pays his salary.

    I don’t think he’s that smart about his criticisms (especially of my man Moose)

  94. Blargh May 4th, 2008 at 12:53 pm

    Hmm, thought Rasner was called up when Hughes went to the DL, but apparently I’ve forgotten a recent move

  95. Jax May 4th, 2008 at 12:54 pm

    Yeah Scorpio doesn’t sound good on Kennedy’s part. I guess he would rather pitch for the Rays, Pirates or Kansas City.
    He seems to let everything bother him.

  96. TKinDC May 4th, 2008 at 12:55 pm

    Have they decided to pitch the regular rotation and give everyone an extra day or are they going to skip the fifth starter?

  97. longtime May 4th, 2008 at 12:57 pm

    Rasner’s stuff equates to Mussina (08) not good for Yanks pitching these guys back to back could get ugly

  98. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 May 4th, 2008 at 12:59 pm

    So eventually I’ll work on my paper that’s due tomorrow. Eventually.

  99. TKinDC May 4th, 2008 at 1:00 pm

    I hope Igawa gets to pitch a day game because he looks so great in those shades 8)

  100. Betsy May 4th, 2008 at 1:01 pm

    Wow – Michael Kay just reported on the pre-game show that Ian is quoted as saying that it may be a good thing that he will be in a smaller spotlight in Scranton (or something like that). I agree with Kay that this is pretty shocking for a player to admit and, as Bobby Murcer said, you want to see a player show more fight than that. Right now, Ian just can’t handle the pressure of NY – he’s going to get eaten alive by the media and the fans if this keeps up. Phil I have no worries about – I think he can handle this all (once he gets straightened out) in that the media and fan pressure doesn’t faze him. If he’s feeling pressure, it’s self-induced because he’s got very high expectations of himsef. Ian, like I said when Ken Rosenthal came out and quoted Ian last week (I think?) is a different story – and I don’t know what can be done. He’s not comfortable at all in this environment and that’s disturbing.

  101. mel May 4th, 2008 at 1:01 pm

    Fran,

    Lupica talked about Cashman siding with Hal and Hank not being happy for years to come. (Lupica did acknowledge that getting Santana would’ve meant a half-billion dollar investment in 4 FA.

    Kay said something.

    Breton said that with the exception of Wang & Joba, he’s been a terrible evaluator of pitching, young & old.

    Then they brought up Beckett/Schilling vs. Pavano/Johnson.

  102. Rodney F. May 4th, 2008 at 1:02 pm

    One observation. Please, Stop hitting Giambi the bum 5th, he’s not that good of a player anymore. And last time I checked, the only reason he’s allowed to be a defensive liability is because his bat makes up for poor fielding, a bat thats producing a whopping .154 average! Sorry to vent but I’m just tired of this loser and his whiney steroid-era style play, grounding out to end every inning the Yankees have runners on base. Don’t agree with me? Giambi is currently rated number 28 on CBS Sports rank of major league first basemen, ahead of KC’s Ross Gload and Boston’s Sean Casey (who, last time I checked, is a back-up). Most of his hits (7:5) have come in losses and to break down all 12 of “Big G’s” hits…
    Bases Empty: 7-40
    With Runners on: 5-38
    RISP- 2-25
    RISP w/ 2 out: 0-15
    With the Bases Loaded: 0-5
    Anybody that hits so poorly should no be allowed to be a liability in the field, much less be hitting 5th! I’d take my chances with Ensberg or Duncan and let Giambi become the game’s most over-paid pinch hitter/DH (when A-Rod and Posada return from the DL).

  103. LathamJoe May 4th, 2008 at 1:02 pm

    Rasner’s stuff equates to Mussina (08) not good for Yanks pitching these guys back to back could get ugly.

    This issue is not how Rasner compares to Mussina. Mussina is currently the No. 3 starter.

    Darrell Rasner’s career stats in MLB:
    10-12 W-L Record, 4.13 ERA, 1.28 WHIP.
    Right now, that equates to better than both Hughes and Kennedy.

  104. trisha - I believe in Kyle! May 4th, 2008 at 1:04 pm

    Well all I have to say to my baseball credit is that I called for moving out both Hughes and Kennedy and both moves were made. (Hughes ended up DLd but I think he would have been taking out of the rotation even if he weren’t DLd.)

    I know that others were calling for the same thing but some posters did believe that we should have let them both continue on and work their stuff out.

    I feel great relief that the Yankees made those moves. I can say that I do depart from anyone who feels that Kennedy and/or Hughes should be disappeared for good from the Yankees. I believe both have great potential. I just want them to realize it down below and then come back and show it off!

    GO DARREL RASNER!

    GO YANKEES!

    GO SCOTT KAZMIR!

  105. Dee May 4th, 2008 at 1:05 pm

    WHAT??!!

    Wow I’m genuinely shocked. I know the writings were on the wall but I guess mentally I’m still on the bandwagon of Generation Trey (I can’t believe I just thought that, Michael Kay.)

    I can’t believe they are sending Ian down so soon, I didn’t think they needed a 5th starter until next weekend and even then I thought they would give him one more chance because he was only awful for one inning each in his last two outings and it’s still early in the season (at least to me it is). But I understand with Alex and Jorge out and Cano and Jason so cold, we need to be particularly careful…Ok now I’m obviously just thinking out loud in disbelief and may not be making sense I’m sorry all because Im still in shock.

    I think back to Ian’s latest post-game interview which I DVRed and watched after coming home from the game. On the subway ride home I kept wondering what he would say and if he would still fight and move forward. He said “I really tried and felt good out there but it didn’t work out as well as I wanted. I hope to do better next time.”

    I hope next time comes soon for Ian kennedy and he will come back to the majors stronger and better.

  106. Jax May 4th, 2008 at 1:06 pm

    Betsy maybe Kennedy could join Felix Hernandez in the “I can’t handle the bright lights of New York” group.

  107. SJ44 May 4th, 2008 at 1:07 pm

    Kennedy’s quote is the reason why Scranton is the best place for him right now.

    Not as punishment. Not as proof he can’t pitch in NY.

    Simply, to clear his head and get his game back.

    He is a better pitcher than he has shown in NY and, at this point, its not going to get better for him in NY if he is feeling that much pressure.

    He’s early enough in his development curve that he can get it back.

    Sending Melky back down ended up doing wonders for his career. Hopefully, the same thing happens to Kennedy.

  108. S.o.S. 27 May 4th, 2008 at 1:08 pm

    Vina on baseball tonight said that cano is taking a step and his hands are starting through the plate too early.Stayed back last year.Could he have found cano’s flaw? How long will it take him to fix it?

  109. Joe from Long Island May 4th, 2008 at 1:10 pm

    I’m as disappointed in Ian’s play as anyone, but the organization really had no choice. And they do have options.

    Being sent down at this point is no disgrace. Mickey Mantle got sent down in the spring in 1951, I think. He was so messed up, that he couldn’t hit at first in Kansas City either, and called his father about quitting – famous story.

    My point is, Ian shouldn’t get down on himself, and if he does what he’s capable of, he’ll be back on the team later this year. I don’t think we’re going far with Kei Igawa.

  110. Scorpio May 4th, 2008 at 1:10 pm

    S.o.S.

    saw that too, hope Cano saw it as well.
    Noted difference in stance, Kevin Long wake up!

  111. Dee May 4th, 2008 at 1:11 pm

    Still trying to recover from my shock about IPK but just want to add:

    Pete, I really enjoyed your article this morning on Girardi. I thought you were a bit harsh on him at times even though I knew he brought it on upon himself. But the article this morning I thought was very fair and insightful. I hope Girardi read it too and understands that a change in approach could only benefit him and the team.

    Now let’s go Darrel Rasner!

  112. Fran May 4th, 2008 at 1:12 pm

    Thanks Mel.

    That was not very good by Rasner after 2 easy outs.

  113. Scorpio May 4th, 2008 at 1:12 pm

    Oh well…this ain’t no AAA.
    2 run homer.

  114. longtime May 4th, 2008 at 1:12 pm

    Latham Joe i guess i wasn’t clear. What i meant to say is that they shouldn’t pitch back to back against the same team give them a different look . as i’m writing this 2-0 mariners this isn’t AAA

  115. TKinDC May 4th, 2008 at 1:13 pm

    Wow – I hope Suzyn Waldman didn’t break an ankle jumping off the Daryl Rasner bandwagon.

  116. Jax May 4th, 2008 at 1:13 pm

    Did Kay just say “first major league start” for Rasner? LMAO

  117. MackNova May 4th, 2008 at 1:13 pm

    What the hell? I refresh my gamecast, and it goes from 0-0, 2 outs, to all of a sudden 2-0 Mariners. Damnit.

  118. trisha - I believe in Kyle! May 4th, 2008 at 1:14 pm

    I agree with not being worried about what Kennedy said. I didn’t take it as a white flag or red flag as much as saying it will help him to get his head straight.

  119. This Year May 4th, 2008 at 1:14 pm

    As I said, the 3 of those are baseball idiots. The bosox wanted Pavano deperately. Ditto Contreras (remember the busted up furniture?). What they seem to omit is that Wang was part of the Twins’ demand. Does anyone believe that Cask would not have traded for Santana in a nanosecond if the demand was IPK and Horne? I don’t.

    As for IPK, what I do not understand is that he performed so well in the heat of a pennant race in those 3 September starts, showing unbelievable poise. Got to get him back to that point.

  120. Patrick May 4th, 2008 at 1:15 pm

    “I am starting to wonder if you even watch much basebal”

    That’s pretty insulting if you ask me.

    “And please explain to me how AAA is a joke again?”

    AAA is mostly filled with fringe guys and failed prospects. Playing well in AA is the true test for a prospect. The difference in competition between AA and AAA is not very large. Once a prospect excels in AA (like Kennedy has done) AAA is almost an afterthought.

    I suppose in this case it’s a good way to get Kennedy consistent innings and regain confidence (which SJ44 mentioned in his first post). Saying he needs more time in AAA is asinine though.

    He simply needs time to regain confidence. I believe he could have done that in the majors but I concede it’s a good idea to put him in a non-pressure situation in AAA and let him get consistent innings.

  121. trisha - I believe in Kyle! May 4th, 2008 at 1:15 pm

    Re: Rasner.

    I would say that you probably don’t want to make any assessments about Rasner just now. It’s, like, kind of early for that?

    :)

  122. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 May 4th, 2008 at 1:15 pm

    Tough inning for Rasner; hope he settles down

  123. Patrick May 4th, 2008 at 1:16 pm

    I’m going to stop talking about Kennedy’s demotion. Instead lets discuss how much of an upgrade Rasner is over Hughes!

  124. John May 4th, 2008 at 1:16 pm

    So…

    4 weeks into the season, Lester & Bucholtz have been dominant and times and proven they belong.

    Hughes bombs and then gets hurt. Ian bombs and gets dumped to AAA.

    Tough stretch for Yankee fans…

  125. This Year May 4th, 2008 at 1:16 pm

    Bring back IPK! Think this guy will get us through 5 with 3-4 runs. I don’t. Classic AAAA pitcher. IPK much more talented if he can get his head straight>

  126. Pepper Brooks May 4th, 2008 at 1:16 pm

    So I know how much you all love Michael Kay and think he is the greatest Yankee announcer ever but before break he says, “Rocky start for Rasner”.

    Now I am no baseball genius but since when did one bad pitch in the first inning equate to a rocky start. Am I missing something or does that one bad pitch signal that Rasner sucks and this was a mistake by Rasner? Just curious if anyone can shed light on the comments by Mr. “Voice of the Yankees”.

    He is such a freakin tool.

  127. SJ44 May 4th, 2008 at 1:17 pm

    Do you really think Fernando Vina can spot something Kevin Long can’t?

    Its not a matter of finding the problem. The problem Vina is describing is called “drifting”. Anybody with any knowledge of hitting can see it while watching video. Its up to Cano to fix it.

    Kevin Long can’t hit for him.

    His father (who is his de facto hitting coach) and Long know the problem. Robbie just has to keep grinding and he will fix it.

    He’s too good a hitter not to hit this year.

  128. Paolo May 4th, 2008 at 1:18 pm

    Go Bobby!!! A bomb and we are even…

  129. Patrick May 4th, 2008 at 1:18 pm

    So I know how much you all love Michael Kay and think he is the greatest Yankee announcer ever but before break he says, “Rocky start for Rasner”.

    Well it was a rocky start for him. I think you are reading into it too much.

  130. jennifer- I got your back Girardi May 4th, 2008 at 1:19 pm

    Was Silva from the Twins, and suspended for Roid use?

  131. Paolo May 4th, 2008 at 1:19 pm

    Bring it on, Godzilla!!!

  132. SJ44 May 4th, 2008 at 1:20 pm

    Pepper,

    I noticed the same thing.

    It wasn’t a “rocky first inning” for Rasner.

    He made a mistake on a pitch to Beltre and it hurt him.

    That’s it.

    Geez, we can’t expect the guy to be Cy Young.

    If he gives them a quality start, its an upgrade to what they were getting in that slot so far this year.

    That should be the benchmark in judging Rasner’s outing today.

  133. Scorpio May 4th, 2008 at 1:21 pm

    SJ44,

    It’s a joke/comment. take a chill pill will you? You’re not everyone’s father.
    Your know it all tone is condescending.

    Kevin Long wake up!! Robbie Cano is in a slump!!!!

  134. Betsy May 4th, 2008 at 1:22 pm

    Kay bashed Cash? Not a surprise – he has an enormous man-crush on Joba and HATES Phil Hughes…….as he thinks that Phil is a #4 starter, it’s pretty clear that he thinks Cash is a fool for not making the Santana deal. I’ve started to tune him about when it comes to anything having to do with Phil. Lupica? I haven’t read him in years and nothing he says interests me. I have no idea who Breton his, but sounds like another mediot who has no clue about anything. In a few years, when Phil is pitching up to his potential, are these clowns going to be saying they were wrong? Nope, but then again at that point, who cares? I still won’t be reading or listening to Pukica.

  135. Patrick May 4th, 2008 at 1:23 pm

    It wasn’t a “rocky first inning” for Rasner.

    Wow you guys are reading into this way too much. Kay just commented it was a rocky start. I don’t think he is saying that Rasner’s entire day is rocky or whatever but the beginning has been “rocky”.

  136. JMO May 4th, 2008 at 1:23 pm

    the shift is on and this .180 hitter is going to hit right into it because he doesnt want to mess up his swing?

  137. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 May 4th, 2008 at 1:24 pm

    Giambi is really beginning to bother me. I’m trying to be optimistic about it and all, but sometimes…GUH!

  138. Patrick May 4th, 2008 at 1:24 pm

    Oh hey look Giambi grounds out to the right side with men in scoring position. I was not expecting that.

  139. VRSCE May 4th, 2008 at 1:24 pm

    That was unexpected

  140. S.o.S. 27 May 4th, 2008 at 1:24 pm

    Giambi is going to be the end of me!! Bench him Joe!!

  141. ER May 4th, 2008 at 1:24 pm

    heeeee, won against Bedard and Hernandez, but getting shutout by Silva.

    Rasner for 2 innings and Ohlendorf for 3?

  142. Betsy May 4th, 2008 at 1:26 pm

    Mel, thanks. LOL So, already Phil Hughes is a bust according to Breton (never heard of him – he should go back to whatever minor-league newspaper he came from)? I have to ask – is this just media hatred for Phil Hughes or does the mainstream media treat every highly touted kid who struggles like this? It has to be the former – Homer Bailey didn’t get knocked and, after his nightmare against the Yankees, was anyone killing Buccholz? Of course, he’s now gone on to pitch very well, but it seems to me that there has been ZERO tolerance for Phil. The media, the scouts, the “experts” – it’s like the kid has no shot at all of being any good.

  143. jennifer- I got your back Girardi May 4th, 2008 at 1:26 pm

    Jason using Wangs bat? Why does Wang even have a bat? :lol:

  144. SJ44 May 4th, 2008 at 1:26 pm

    Giambi hits into the shift again.

    You wonder how low his BA has to go for him to realize he isn’t going to hit this year unless he uses the entire field.

    First pitch by Silva in that AB is a fastball down the middle of the plate. Instead of taking it, that’s a pitch you drive the other way.

    Unfortunately, because of the injuries, they are stuck playing him.

    However, its getting close to decision time with Giambi.

    Betemit had 3 hits last night and when he is ready to come back, they have 3 options:

    1. Send Gonzalez down. That would be a mistake, IMO.
    2. DFA Giambi. Probably won’t happen but, it may be on the table if this keeps up.
    3. Find a injury for him to have “suffered” and put him on the DL.

    Not appetizing options.

  145. Fran May 4th, 2008 at 1:26 pm

    Is there anything Giambi can do right on the baseball field? He can’t hit and certainly can’t field.

  146. Rodney F. May 4th, 2008 at 1:26 pm

    Giambi is now 2-26 with runners in scoring position, effectively killed a rally AGAIN. Do I really need to make any more of a case for why Giambi should not be hitting 5th ?

  147. Pepper Brooks May 4th, 2008 at 1:26 pm

    Patrick, not reading too much into it, just pointing out that it was a stupid comment. Now it the samething continues over 3 innings, then fine. But after the first? He didn’t get beaten up, made one bad pitch.

    The equivalent comment would have been, “Giambi grounds into the shift, as usual, tough at bat for jason, can’t seem to find the holes.”

  148. JMO May 4th, 2008 at 1:26 pm

    giambi will try ANYTHING, even using wang’s bat to get going.

    anything except hitting it where there is no infielder.

  149. Nick in SF May 4th, 2008 at 1:27 pm

    Wang couldn’t have done much worse with his bat than Giambi did.

  150. Blargh May 4th, 2008 at 1:27 pm

    Silva is an ex-Twin, but I don’t remember anything about a suspension for him

  151. jennifer- I got your back Girardi May 4th, 2008 at 1:27 pm

    It is a shame that the downside of Pete having a popular blog, is it gets full of fools. :(

  152. TKinDC May 4th, 2008 at 1:27 pm

    “Oh hey look Giambi grounds out to the right side with men in scoring position. I was not expecting that.”

    But Patrick – he does that all the time. I wonder if you even watch baseball!

    (wait, maybe that was sarcasm? must reconsider) :)

  153. Betsy May 4th, 2008 at 1:28 pm

    LOL Jax…….And Phil Hughes will be the only member of the “I’m young, struggling and now hurt, so I am now officially a bust and there is no point in pitching anymore” club.

  154. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 May 4th, 2008 at 1:28 pm

    EXACTLY what Rasner needed, awesome.

  155. Zooboy May 4th, 2008 at 1:28 pm

    Who will end up playing the most first base for the Yanks this year? I’m guessing it won’t be Giambi.

  156. jennifer- I got your back Girardi May 4th, 2008 at 1:28 pm

    Blargh, who was it that was suspended than?

    Nice inning for Rasner.

  157. Terry May 4th, 2008 at 1:28 pm

    Great inning for Rasner there.

  158. Pepper Brooks May 4th, 2008 at 1:29 pm

    patrick, just stating what a tool Kay is and that his comments are just stupid.

    Now 2 innings in, Rasner is averaging 2.1 pitches per ab and made one mistake.

    If the Yankees had a hitter playing 1B today, a single would have tied the game.

  159. trisha - I believe in Kyle! May 4th, 2008 at 1:30 pm

    Nice inning. I’m relieved already. This is Hughes’ replacement, not Kennedy’s. We’ll have to wait to see who comes up for Kennedy.

  160. Jax May 4th, 2008 at 1:30 pm

    Giambi should be released around July/August. Most of his contract for this year would have been paid and they can’t get draft picks for him anyway.

  161. Jeff NJ May 4th, 2008 at 1:31 pm

    Ok I saw the sports reporters and didn’t interpret it as too much Yankee bashing as compared to typical Lupica poison. Lupica said Cashman has not done a good job finding young pitchers except for Wang and probably Joba. Kay tried to defend them throwing the name Eric Milton in, but it’s a tough argument to defend at this point.

    As for Santana, Kay said the trade might not look good for the Yankees for 4 years. I’m hoping much sooner than that, but that’s tough to argue with too. I actually think Kay is usually pretty fair, except when he tries to bash the Yankees to seem impartial. Lupica puts him in the position to defend the Yankees though.

  162. Blargh May 4th, 2008 at 1:31 pm

    Juan Rincon got suspended in 2005

  163. S.o.S. 27 May 4th, 2008 at 1:32 pm

    Maybe Giambi should use wangs bat to bunt.

  164. trisha - I believe in Kyle! May 4th, 2008 at 1:32 pm

    Okay I predict Robby comes out of his slump today – a little at least.

    :D

    COME ON ROBBY!

  165. JMO May 4th, 2008 at 1:32 pm

    i was worried about bobby mercer when i listened to him on friday, he sounded very frail. today he sounds much better, stronger voice. i guess it was just that he missed spring training. nice to hear him today.

  166. Glenn May 4th, 2008 at 1:33 pm

    Teams no longer consider Giambi a viable threat in the lineup. He’s as predictable as the new year falling on the 1st day in January.

  167. Patrick May 4th, 2008 at 1:33 pm

    “2. DFA Giambi. Probably won’t happen but, it may be on the table if this keeps up.”

    Yes please.

    “Patrick, not reading too much into it, just pointing out that it was a stupid comment. Now it the samething continues over 3 innings, then fine. But after the first? He didn’t get beaten up, made one bad pitch.”

    The first inning is the start of a game. Darrel Rasner gave up 2 runs in the first inning. Giving up 2 runs in one inning is not good, one might say it’s “rocky”. Hence he is off to a rocky start.

  168. trisha - I believe in Kyle! May 4th, 2008 at 1:34 pm

    Earlier I heard the Mariners broadcasters saying that there was a lot of yelling and the Mariners clubhouse and it was closed to the press. I don’t know if it was last night or today but obviously they got read the riot act.

  169. ER May 4th, 2008 at 1:34 pm

    0-1 Cano. At least he’s playing up to our expectations.

  170. Patrick May 4th, 2008 at 1:34 pm

    patrick, just stating what a tool Kay is and that his comments are just stupid.

    Now 2 innings in, Rasner is averaging 2.1 pitches per ab and made one mistake.

    If the Yankees had a hitter playing 1B today, a single would have tied the game.

    Kay is indeed a tool but that comment was not a good example of him being a tool.

  171. JMO May 4th, 2008 at 1:36 pm

    ppl think i hate giambi but i really dont. its just that he has to realize that hes not the hitting stud he once was and he has to do things like hit the other way when there are RISP. also i still cant believe cash sent us into this season intending to use giambi and the regular 1B and didn’t get (or keep) a glove guy to cover leads with. giambi can swing away when there are no risp or when hes on a hot streak, he just has to earn his ab’s when he slumping like this.

  172. trisha - I believe in Kyle! May 4th, 2008 at 1:36 pm

    It seems that Silva is hittable today. How much we do it remains to be seen.

    Since I am so bad with predicting final scores I’ll try my hand at it again! 5-2 Yanks.

    GO YANKS!

  173. Pepper Brooks May 4th, 2008 at 1:36 pm

    Lupica should just marry Kay…. they would make the perfect loser couple. Neither has much credibility anymore, if they had any. They both have become Fox News type journalist .

  174. jennifer- I got your back Girardi May 4th, 2008 at 1:38 pm

    Blargh

    Thanks. I couldn’t remember who it was.

  175. eric May 4th, 2008 at 1:39 pm

    Aside from Kennedy’s 19 innings at the end of last year against less then stellar competition (out of contention Jays/ D-Rays 2x)- what makes everyone think Kennedy is the next coming of Mike Mussina or a poor man’s Greg Maddox?

    His calling card is pinpoint control (which he failed to display in his 2nd go around)and because of his lack of any plus pitch, he must rely on that control. How can say anyone at his age, with the lack of ANY plus pitch, he could project to be anything special at all beyond a 4-5?

    People point to “its not all about the gun”- no its not, but Greg Maddox is an aberration who early on in his career still hit 91 consistently with the most pronominal changeup maybe ever. The Mussina comparisons I hear about are patently false. Mike Mussina had a plus curve, an above-avg slider/knuckle curve and a solid 92mph fastball, that he could dial up to 94 if needed. Hughes has his curve, which when he’s healthy (a question mark now) is a 70 on the 20-80 scale. Joba has his fastball/slider, which are both 80′s. Kennedy lacks all of this.

    Not trying to be fatalistic, but realistically, Kennedy does not have a pitch he can consistently go to to get an out in the major leagues through three turns through the lineup.

    Scranton is the best place for him, the sad reality is he may be a AAAA player who got way overhyped.

  176. Nick in SF May 4th, 2008 at 1:40 pm

    Bobby Murcer in Studio 54? Does not compute.

  177. SJ44 May 4th, 2008 at 1:40 pm

    Unless he gets going this month, the noise re: Giambi is not going to lessen.

    Its tough enough to win games in the AL. There is just no way they can win with him at first base.

    Its tough enough to win with him at first if he is hitting. Like this? No shot.

    Folks think Hank is blowing a gasket over the young pitchers? He isn’t.

    Imagine going to Hank and Hal and telling them they have to eat over 15 million dollars (the amount owed on Giambi’s contract from June 1 on) and DFA him?

    That’s not a conversation I would want to have with ownership if I am the GM.

  178. Pepper Brooks May 4th, 2008 at 1:41 pm

    Looking at the lineup, wouldn’t it make more sense to move Cabrera into the 5th spot, Endsberg to 6th, then have Cano, Giabmi, Moeller.

    Here is the thinking, Cabrera has a better chance of finding a hole than Giambi. Moving Endsberg up gives you at least a chance of someone who can “do the job” of moving runners up or bunting.

    Then with Cano following Giambi, might give Cano some better pitches if Giambi walks.

    Grabbing at straws here but something needs to be shaken up if Giambi is going to hit.

    Another easy out for Rasner… good sign.

  179. trisha - I believe in Kyle! May 4th, 2008 at 1:43 pm

    That would have been a beauty.

  180. DYNASTY IS DESTINY! May 4th, 2008 at 1:43 pm

    Giambi defied gravity…

  181. VRSCE May 4th, 2008 at 1:43 pm

    SJ44

    It should not be that hard to have the dfa conversation with Hank and Hal. Didn’t big George insist upon signing Giambi?

  182. JMO May 4th, 2008 at 1:44 pm

    ichiro is so freakin good. he’s up there with jeter in the intangables department, his game is so far above the sum of his stats.

  183. jennifer- I got your back Girardi May 4th, 2008 at 1:44 pm

    Kay going clubbing doesn’t compute.

  184. trisha - I believe in Kyle! May 4th, 2008 at 1:45 pm

    Nice Bobby.

  185. Nick in SF May 4th, 2008 at 1:46 pm

    Bobby likes making plays moving AWAY from the wall.

  186. Angel May 4th, 2008 at 1:47 pm

    Huh? What kind of change-up is a pronominal change-up?

  187. Jax May 4th, 2008 at 1:49 pm

    “Imagine going to Hank and Hal and telling them they have to eat over 15 million dollars (the amount owed on Giambi’s contract from June 1 on) and DFA him?”

    If I’m Cashman I tell Hank and Hal you can thank your old man for that awful contract.

  188. JMO May 4th, 2008 at 1:49 pm

    funny murcer brought up rickey to compare to ichiro, i was just thinking the same thing. ichiro is a much better fielder than henderson though.

  189. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 May 4th, 2008 at 1:49 pm

    Okay, would be lovely to get some offense from the Yankees.

  190. S.o.S. 27 May 4th, 2008 at 1:49 pm

    Solution to right field next year. Re sign Abreu. Put extra padding on the right field wall. Hand the gold glove for 09 to Bobby.

  191. Dee May 4th, 2008 at 1:50 pm

    I wish Ichiro played for us.

  192. trisha - I believe in Kyle! May 4th, 2008 at 1:50 pm

    Geeze, we already in the 3rd and the pitcher has less than 75 pitches. :)

    Thank you Darrel.

  193. eric May 4th, 2008 at 1:51 pm

    Phenomenal- sorry, but you know what I meant.

  194. JMO May 4th, 2008 at 1:51 pm

    just got direct tv and the extra innings pack, that mlb game mix channel with 8 games on one screen is awesome!

  195. trisha - I believe in Kyle! May 4th, 2008 at 1:53 pm

    Hmmm never tried that. I wonder if I have capacity also since I have both DirectTv and extra innings.

  196. BBFan May 4th, 2008 at 1:53 pm

    For all the talk, I would be surprised if Giambi is DFAed.
    I think once A-Rod comes back, he will be bumped to the bench with Ensberg taking over at first. As bad as he may be, Giambi will add value as a bench player.

  197. Angel May 4th, 2008 at 1:54 pm

    No worries, I was just curious. I thought it was a description for a specific kinda of Maddox change-up I hadn’t heard of.

  198. SJ44 May 4th, 2008 at 1:55 pm

    Pepper,

    The only problem with Giambi, Cano and Moeller hitting back to back to back is, you have 3 struggling guys all in order in the lineup.

    Often, managers look to avoid having all of their weaker hitters stacked at the bottom of the order.

    Its one of those tough situations for Girardi. Mainly, because of the injuries. When you have both Cano and Giambi in the lineup at the same time right now, its tough sledding.

    Kei Igawa not passing his audition thus far against Durham. Two doubles and a walk in the first inning and Durham scored 2 runs.

    Wilson Betemit hit his third double (he’s now 6-13 in AAA) and Brett Gardner just singled him to third and Jason Lane hit a sac fly to make it 2-1.

  199. trisha - I believe in Kyle! May 4th, 2008 at 1:55 pm

    BBFan I agree with you. I’ll root for the Sux if Giambi is DFAd, that how much I believe it’ll never happen. I also believe he has value on the bench.

  200. Nick in SF May 4th, 2008 at 1:56 pm

    No need to DFA Giambi, he can still make a contribution this season. Velcro him to the right field wall and presto, there’s the extra padding that Bobby Abreu needs to feel more secure going after those deep flies.

    Talk about killing two birds with one stone!

  201. dan l May 4th, 2008 at 1:56 pm

    SJ,

    That question is getting easier all the time sadly! 12 hits in 101 plate appearances is pathetic!

    I know Miranda is hurt right now but I would love to see a Shelley Duncan and Juan Miranda platoon at first for the rest of this year.

  202. mko May 4th, 2008 at 1:56 pm

    Yeah, Ichiro with the Yankees would have been awesome. Sadly, he resigned with the Mariners…although he said he would enjoy playing for the Yankees.

    I’m asking myself if there wasn’t the possibility of an under-the-table kinda deal to show Ichiro that the Yankees wanted him for next year…

  203. Ravi May 4th, 2008 at 1:58 pm

    gameday says ‘injury delay’. what happened?

  204. Jeff NJ May 4th, 2008 at 1:58 pm

    I agree that Giambi has value on the bench. Back in the championship years, Strawberry would just grab a bat in the dugout and it would effect the moves the other manager would make. Of course Giambi needs to be something of a hitting threat for that to happen.

    nice job Bobby, 2-1 Seattle. C’mon Matty!

  205. Abepeter May 4th, 2008 at 1:59 pm

    Way to go Bobby. Lets keep it rolling. Go Matsui!

  206. Josiah May 4th, 2008 at 1:59 pm

    1-2! now, yankees are in business

  207. Blargh May 4th, 2008 at 1:59 pm

    When did Betemit’s corneal ulcers clear up?

  208. Yankee Fan in Boston May 4th, 2008 at 1:59 pm

    Win or lose, I’d like to thank the Mariners for coming ot town, because the top of our lineup is finally consitently putting decent wood on the ball. We just may be coming around offensively.

  209. BBFan May 4th, 2008 at 1:59 pm

    That was excellent base running by Damon.
    He has really come around and now he is the sparkplug we expected him in the first place.

  210. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 May 4th, 2008 at 1:59 pm

    Well, hey, the top of the order is producing!

  211. ER May 4th, 2008 at 1:59 pm

    double play?

  212. Rob NY May 4th, 2008 at 2:00 pm

    Giambi’s “value on the bench” is that he isnt in the lineup. How is a guy hitting under .200 worth much of anything as a hitter? Since he isnt useful as a… late inning defensive replacement.

  213. DYNASTY IS DESTINY! May 4th, 2008 at 2:00 pm

    Nick in SF,

    That was funny!

  214. trisha - I believe in Kyle! May 4th, 2008 at 2:00 pm

    Since this place is so crazy so much of the time, this comment is certainly not personal since I would have no way of remembering what posters called for whose head on what day. But I have to say that anyone who wanted Damon gone is a total idiot. There is no way to overstate his value. Yeah his arm in center is just not fun. In fact I was someone who would have rather jumped off the GW Bridge than had Damon on the Yankees. But I have really grown to appreciate him so much. He is a sparkplug, and he does work harder than most players. How often did he play hurt but just keep going out there and hustling all the time? And I love him at leadoff and love his hustle.

  215. JMO May 4th, 2008 at 2:00 pm

    thank god for godzilla!

  216. Nick in SF May 4th, 2008 at 2:00 pm

    Left-handed hitter looking to hit the other way. Hmmmmm.

  217. Patrick May 4th, 2008 at 2:01 pm

    Here comes the rally killer!

  218. Josiah May 4th, 2008 at 2:01 pm

    cmon giambi, come through

  219. Abepeter May 4th, 2008 at 2:01 pm

    Break out here Big G!

  220. Pepper Brooks May 4th, 2008 at 2:01 pm

    Here is where Cabrera is a better option than Giambi. base hit scores 2

  221. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 May 4th, 2008 at 2:01 pm

    Hey, if it gets a run in off of Giambi’s bat, I’ll take it.

  222. J-Dawg--Veintisiete en '08, No to Barry Bonds!! May 4th, 2008 at 2:02 pm

    And now Matsui’s hitting streak is 14 with the ground rule double. He looks so much more comfortable this season.

  223. Nick in SF May 4th, 2008 at 2:02 pm

    That was Giambi’s best at-bat in recent memory. Just look to do that every time, G-Man!

  224. Josiah May 4th, 2008 at 2:02 pm

    good hitting the other way giambi

  225. Jeff NJ May 4th, 2008 at 2:02 pm

    Good job Giambi, at least in this situation. 3-2 Yankees. let’s keep it going Melkster!

  226. kidjock May 4th, 2008 at 2:03 pm

    how the heck did that not fall? Can Giambi continue to go away?

  227. Stephen M May 4th, 2008 at 2:03 pm

    It’s terrible, but I find myself rooting AGAINST Giambi getting hits now.

    Every hit prolongs his stay in the lineup, and I just don’t think he’s ever going to come around in a meaningful way.

  228. Abepeter May 4th, 2008 at 2:03 pm

    Melkman!

  229. Jeff NJ May 4th, 2008 at 2:03 pm

    The melkman delivers!

  230. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 May 4th, 2008 at 2:03 pm

    I LOVE MELKY!

    You know, I’m thinking maybe he was the real untouchable in the Santana thing. He’s certainly playing like it.

  231. DYNASTY IS DESTINY! May 4th, 2008 at 2:04 pm

    Wow! That was a bomb! Melky! Melky!

  232. geO {yankees crystal ball} May 4th, 2008 at 2:04 pm

    DRIVEN DEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEPPPP TO RIGHT FIELD!

    MELK MAN BABY!

  233. Scorpio May 4th, 2008 at 2:04 pm

    OMG, Melky’s growing up right before our very eyes!

  234. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 May 4th, 2008 at 2:04 pm

    oh, by the way, THIS is what a rocky inning for a pitcher looks like…

  235. americanbear May 4th, 2008 at 2:04 pm

    Melkman delivering the sweet nectar.

  236. trisha - I believe in Kyle! May 4th, 2008 at 2:05 pm

    Hey Fleas and other Santana freaks.

    You continually see why the trade for Santana was the best trade never made.

    WOO HOO MELKY!

  237. mko May 4th, 2008 at 2:05 pm

    Not an easy pitch to hit either…good job Melky. He’s having a great run…

  238. kidjock May 4th, 2008 at 2:05 pm

    Melkman continues to prove to the Santana lovers why him and Hughes >

  239. berniepaul&tino May 4th, 2008 at 2:05 pm

    melky is too funny can we get a picture in picture on the bottom of the screen with a camera on him throughout the game. he cracks me up.

  240. Micky#7--Old Ranger May 4th, 2008 at 2:05 pm

    Rebecca…
    You got it!
    Remember all of those that said Melky was a 4th outfielder?
    Yha, right. 27/08.

  241. blimpie May 4th, 2008 at 2:05 pm

    i loved ensberg’s hop after melk’s hr!!

  242. Pepper Brooks May 4th, 2008 at 2:05 pm

    I hope this is not both a jinks and anomoly but if the current hitting continues, I will have nothing to gripe about… What is to become of the Yankees getting hits with RISP?

    Bad Seattle pitching or things slowly coming into play….. Yikes, too early for me to start eating crow, garden hasn’t even produced.

  243. Josiah May 4th, 2008 at 2:06 pm

    MELKY MELKY! I love him

  244. berniepaul&tino May 4th, 2008 at 2:06 pm

    robbie!!!!

  245. S.o.S. 27 May 4th, 2008 at 2:06 pm

    “It’s terrible, but I find myself rooting AGAINST Giambi getting hits now.”

    Make that 2 of us.

    Melky all star 08!!

  246. lurker May 4th, 2008 at 2:06 pm

    holy crap!

  247. Dee May 4th, 2008 at 2:06 pm

    HR #6 for Melkly and it’s only May 4. Don’t forget he makes $460k this year. Unbelievable!

  248. Scorpio May 4th, 2008 at 2:06 pm

    Woohoo…Robbie!!

  249. geO {yankees crystal ball} May 4th, 2008 at 2:06 pm

    CANO! OH CANO DONT CHA KNOW!

  250. trisha - I believe in Kyle! May 4th, 2008 at 2:06 pm

    Just a reminder.

    I said this would be the day that Robby broke out of his slump!

    OKAY ROBBY!!!!!

  251. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 May 4th, 2008 at 2:07 pm

    YAH ROBBIE! BACK TO BACK AND A BELLY TO BELLY!

  252. Dee May 4th, 2008 at 2:07 pm

    Welcome back ROBBIE!

  253. geO {yankees crystal ball} May 4th, 2008 at 2:07 pm

    DOMINICAN POWER! lol

  254. Abepeter May 4th, 2008 at 2:07 pm

    Wow. Nice to see Robbie.

  255. TKinDC May 4th, 2008 at 2:07 pm

    Back to back and belly to belly! How great is that?

  256. Global Warming May 4th, 2008 at 2:07 pm

    “Melkman continues to prove to the Santana lovers why him and Hughes >”

    I’d still give up those 2+ prospect for Santana.

    Melkys power numbers are a mirage, he won’t hit 20 this year.

  257. SJ44 May 4th, 2008 at 2:07 pm

    The only problem with Giambi on the bench is, he has no value unless he can hit.

    If he can’t hit, he’s actually worse to have on the bench because you get nothing out of him defensively or from a speed standpoint.

    Truth be told, if he can’t hit with power and become a legtitmate offensive threat again, he has no place on the team.

    Obviously, the finances play a huge role in this. I’m just speaking from a pure baseball perspective.

    Melky Cabrera is turning into Bernie Williams right before our eyes.

    When folks second guess the Santana non-trade, they forget Melky was in all the permutations of that trade.

    Where would this team be without Melky right now?

    Robbie Cano REALLY needed that! Hopefully, that gets him going.

  258. Christine May 4th, 2008 at 2:07 pm

    Atta boy, Robbie!

    Good for you!

  259. Nick in SF May 4th, 2008 at 2:08 pm

    Fans in Boston have been staring at 2-0 Seattle for a long, time, they must be wondering when the score is going to be updated.

  260. geO {yankees crystal ball} May 4th, 2008 at 2:08 pm

    Global Warming stop being a party pooper, Melky will hit 21 this year.

  261. Yankee Fan in Boston May 4th, 2008 at 2:09 pm

    Silva: just what the doctor ordered.

  262. Patrick May 4th, 2008 at 2:09 pm

    I gotta fess up. Earlier this year towards the end of spring training I said on this blog that Melky would be lucky to hit 15 HR at the peak of his career. SJ44 disagreed and said he could get 15 this year and might be at 20-25 in his peak. I was totally wrong, Melky is awesome! Kudos to SJ, shame on me.

  263. John May 4th, 2008 at 2:09 pm

    I know that Kyle Farnsworth is one of the most made fun of, disliked Yankees… but honestly, with his recent stretch of acceptable, if not decent performances, his hunting/shooting prowess and now after seeing the video where he knocked down Affeldt… I propose a new name.

    “Krazy” Kyle “The Hunter” Farnsworth

    No? I’m all for The Hunter. He just became one of my favorite Yankees after seeing that video.

  264. Fran May 4th, 2008 at 2:09 pm

    Hi Trisha – good call on Robbie. Good call on a Yankee win today, but the Yanks have alrady outscored your prediction!

    Wish Seattle could stay in town a little longer!

  265. geO {yankees crystal ball} May 4th, 2008 at 2:10 pm

    Moller looks like Billy Crystal… same swing too

  266. trisha - I believe in Kyle! May 4th, 2008 at 2:10 pm

    Fran -

    :D

    One thing we always know is never to count on my predictions of game scores!!!

  267. geO {yankees crystal ball} May 4th, 2008 at 2:11 pm

    yay for my fantasy team

  268. S.o.S. 27 May 4th, 2008 at 2:11 pm

    Melky will be better than Bernie. He has an arm to go with the bat.

    Trade for Silve! Have him be our batting practice pitcher. Or as i like to call it. A slump buster.

  269. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 May 4th, 2008 at 2:12 pm

    Patrick: Major kudos to you for admitting it–most people on this blog won’t be caught dead admitting when they are wrong!

  270. TKinDC May 4th, 2008 at 2:12 pm

    I think Pete Abe said that Melky had started following the same training regimen of A-Rod. If this is the result of that then I am pretty psyched.

    If he can add power to his strong arm and good range he his going to be patrolling CF for a long long time!

  271. trisha - I believe in Kyle! May 4th, 2008 at 2:13 pm

    Rebecca, I will definitely admit I’m wrong.

    Should it ever happen!

    (he he he)

  272. geO {yankees crystal ball} May 4th, 2008 at 2:13 pm

    Rasner will go 6

  273. Global Warming May 4th, 2008 at 2:13 pm

    “Melky will be better than Bernie. He has an arm to go with the bat.”

    I get the excitement for the homerun but really? Do you honestly believe that?

  274. BBFan May 4th, 2008 at 2:14 pm

    “The only problem with Giambi on the bench is, he has no value unless he can hit.”

    That is absolutely correct.
    However, as a bench player, the expectations on him will not be as high. Also, right now his hitting is very bad, there has got to be some improvement however small it may be, to make him a serviceable bench player. Sometimes the player’s track record plays in the decision making of the opposing managers, unless he stinks all the time he is called to pinch hit.

  275. eric May 4th, 2008 at 2:15 pm

    I said this on the blog a few weeks ago- Melkey is taking authoritative hacks at mistake pitches now. That comes with just being in the league and learning when to go for it, and when to slap it the other way. Gotta like how he’s progressed from that scared kid in Fenway in ’05. That was not a swing for a single- he was looking to drive that ball. Very well done.

  276. trisha - I believe in Kyle! May 4th, 2008 at 2:16 pm

    Melky and Bernie are two different players and two different kinds of players. I don’t know how you assess “better than” between them, but I believe that da Melk will end up being of equal value with the potential of being of higher value to the Yanks, with his arm being the differential.

  277. Betsy May 4th, 2008 at 2:16 pm

    Wow – Melky!! Color me very surprised at his play this year – it’s too his credit that he worked hard to make himself a better ballplayer because you can’t say that about everyone. He’s so much fun to watch, on the field and in the clubhouse – the way he dances around, lol. He’s got a very contagious smile – he and Cano are quite a pair!

    That being said, I don’t think it’s a matter of Melky being the real untouchable in the Santana deal (mediots and fans are going to eat their words when Phil starts dealing)…..I do think he’s very likely suprising even the Yankees with his play. Does anyone really think the organization felt Melky was going to be this good? I suspect they thought he was a nice fill-ing guy, maybe a stop gap until A-Jack and/or Tabata. Sometimes teams get lucky, very lucky – if they didn’t, Cano would be on another team now.

  278. BBFan May 4th, 2008 at 2:16 pm

    …. Also, Giambi still draws walks. So, he may be pinch hitting for a weak link in the line up and take a walk. Then the next good hitter in the lineup gets a chance.

  279. Glenn May 4th, 2008 at 2:17 pm

    Nick in SF ;

    When the Yankee score was finally posted in the hand scoreboard in Beansville it was probably heard throughout the stands, Ahhhhhh …… S**t !!!!

  280. Scorpio May 4th, 2008 at 2:17 pm

    Global Warming,

    Melky’s 21 or 22 years old, why do you think there’s a ceiling on his abilities already? Maybe he will exceed expectations and be better than Bernie or not but Melky shouldn’t be capped at this point.

  281. ER May 4th, 2008 at 2:17 pm

    Kasmir tanking. 1-0 Sucks.

  282. Matt May 4th, 2008 at 2:18 pm

    Great bottom of the 3rd, that’s how our offense is supposed to be!!

  283. trisha - I believe in Kyle! May 4th, 2008 at 2:18 pm

    Betsy -

    I do believe that Melky had a lot to do with that deal not going through.

    I do think that the Yankees recognized what they had in Melky and did believe that the kid was going to be explosive.

    (Are you related to Hughes?)

  284. Keith May 4th, 2008 at 2:20 pm

    If only Giambi could become a Ruben Sierra.
    Ooooops ! ….. that was just a dream.

  285. trisha - I believe in Kyle! May 4th, 2008 at 2:20 pm

    ER -

    Kazmir’s first game this season. Hopefully he’ll hold the line until the Rays offense knocks Lester off the mound.

  286. Abepeter May 4th, 2008 at 2:20 pm

    Way to battle there Rasner! Nice shutdown inning. 60 pitches thru 4!

  287. S.o.S. 27 May 4th, 2008 at 2:21 pm

    Melky had alot to do with the deal not going through. All the good center fielders were already picked up.

    Melky’s numbers at this age are better than bernies. What makes us think that we’ve seen the best of Melk.

  288. trisha - I believe in Kyle! May 4th, 2008 at 2:21 pm

    Sux game in 2nd inning, Lester already at 50 pitches.

  289. berniepaul&tino May 4th, 2008 at 2:22 pm

    come on guys i love melky and am rooting for him as much as the next guy. but to definitively say that he will be better than bernie williams at this point in his career based on his hot start to the season is ridiculous. lets not forget how great of a player bernie williams was. im not saying melky cant approach that but it is a bit premature to suggest that imo.

  290. Global Warming May 4th, 2008 at 2:22 pm

    “Global Warming,

    Melky’s 21 or 22 years old, why do you think there’s a ceiling on his abilities already? Maybe he will exceed expectations and be better than Bernie or not but Melky shouldn’t be capped at this point”

    Melky is 23 and better than Bernie at 23 for sure, that’s a given. To say that he will be as good or better than Bernie Williams is asking alot after only 1 month and a few days. Is it possible? Sure, I just wouldn’t bet on it.

  291. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 May 4th, 2008 at 2:22 pm

    I wish there was a way we could bottle whatever’s in Johnny D yesterday and today and spoon feed it to him before every game.

  292. SJ44 May 4th, 2008 at 2:22 pm

    That inning distinguishes youth from having a little experience.

    If you look at Rasner, his stuff is pedrestrian. Frankly, Kennedy has better stuff.

    What Rasner has, and Kennedy does not yet possess, is big league experience. Enough big league experience to know he doesn’t have to be perfect to perform well.

    First and third, one out, He didn’t panic. He kept battling, made his pitches, and got out of the inning.

    The cutter, which he didn’t have until this year, got Clement. That was a big out and he went on to finish the inning.

    That’s what Kennedy needs. IMO, you learn that in AAA. You don’t learn it in the big leagues (especially in NY) because there’s too much pressure to perform.

  293. trisha - I believe in Kyle! May 4th, 2008 at 2:23 pm

    Get rid of Damon?

    It still amazes me that anyone even suggested it. And especially after what was it, a game?

    :D
    :D
    :D

  294. Bronxbyte May 4th, 2008 at 2:24 pm

    If Darrell can post 2 more quality innings there’s Joba and Mo and a day off tomorrow. Sweet !

  295. BBFan May 4th, 2008 at 2:24 pm

    Rasner is going great.
    Hopefully, IPK is watching.
    Rasner does not throw hard, just like IPK.
    But he is throwing strikes and mixing up well.
    There is hope for IPK down the road, if he learns to throw strikes.

  296. Dee May 4th, 2008 at 2:24 pm

    OK I will move on after this but why couldn’t IPK have a 6-2 run support?

    Also I hate that Michael Kay bringing up and overanalyzing what IPK said about pitching in the big league again. I’m sure all young guys maybe even some experienced guys think that about the pressure of pitching in the majors, but IPK was penalized for being honest and trusting enough to say it out loud.

  297. S.o.S. 27 May 4th, 2008 at 2:24 pm

    Its amazing how the offense looks when our lead off and 2 in the lineup get on base. Nice to see them hott at the same time.

  298. Corey May 4th, 2008 at 2:25 pm

    and to think all the GMs on this blog wanted Damon gone mid april

  299. berniepaul&tino May 4th, 2008 at 2:25 pm

    trisha

    i think the yankee would have traded melky in a heartbeat he was not the reason that deal did not get done.

    look at what cash said in spring training saying he wasnt sure who the center fielder would be but that theyd have a good one for the next 5 to 10 yrs whether it was melky austin jackson or gardner he was not sure.

  300. Josiah May 4th, 2008 at 2:25 pm

    the runs keep coming!

  301. Tseng May 4th, 2008 at 2:25 pm

    This game is really encouraging offensively. Damon has been really hot lately.

  302. trisha - I believe in Kyle! May 4th, 2008 at 2:25 pm

    I don’t want to take anything away from the Yanks offense today, but it is painfully obvious that Silva doesn’t have very good stuff today. He probably felt a ton of pressure to be their stopper today after the dressing down the team got.

  303. americanbear May 4th, 2008 at 2:26 pm

    Top of the order is absolutely raking. Jeter’s seen 17 pitches in his 3 ABs, he is back!

  304. Josiah May 4th, 2008 at 2:26 pm

    i love jete!!

  305. Tseng May 4th, 2008 at 2:28 pm

    yikes, the tigers are crushing minnesota in the first

  306. trisha - I believe in Kyle! May 4th, 2008 at 2:28 pm

    bernie etc.

    That is incorrect. Whenever Cashman was questioned he said that Melky was their centerfielder.

  307. S.o.S. 27 May 4th, 2008 at 2:28 pm

    Someone earlier said that Rasner is Small of a couple years ago. That would be huge for this team if that can happen. Amazing how a pitcher not affraid of contact succeeds. Take not youngins.

    Melky struggled when he first was called up. Hopefully our two young studs can learn from the experience and adjust like he did.

  308. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 May 4th, 2008 at 2:29 pm

    This series with Seattle has been incredibly encouraging offensively.

    Let’s see what happens with Cleveland, and if we can sustain the offense.

  309. Blargh May 4th, 2008 at 2:30 pm

    Ah, Melky, you make it hard for me to keep you on my fantasy team’s bench

  310. TKinDC May 4th, 2008 at 2:31 pm

    Dee –

    IPK was giving up a run an inning essentially. There isn’t enough run support in the world for that kind of performance. The last start he had the Yanks were up 3-0 and he couldn’t hold the lead.

    I am eager for him to get his mojo back but he stunk and needs the move.

  311. SJ44 May 4th, 2008 at 2:31 pm

    Dee,

    I’m not a big quote parsing guy. But, I have to admit, when I heard what he said, it bothered me.

    Look at Rasner. Last year, he got his finger mangled on a line drive against the Mets and it ruined his season.

    Had a shot at making the team in the spring and he flopped.

    He didn’t pout and he didn’t talk about the pressure being unfair. He went to AAA, opened his mind to learning another pitch (the cutter from Raffy Chaves) and he was able to get back to the big leagues.

    With VERY few exceptions, once you make the majors, you don’t always stay. Its a VERY difficult game and you are going to struggle.

    If Ian thinks the pressure will be less intense in Scranton, he’s right to some degree. But, to complain about the way he was scrutinzied while he was here?

    Frankly, he got a lot more rope than a lot of young players in NY.

    Just cue up the daily rip jobs Mike Francesa did on Melky Cabrera after he was called up to replace Bernie in CF. That was awful.

    Ian just has to suck it up and get better.

  312. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 May 4th, 2008 at 2:31 pm

    Think Minnesota has the bullpen up yet?

  313. trisha - I believe in Kyle! May 4th, 2008 at 2:32 pm

    I am going to count more on our pitching than on our offense v Cleveland. Seattle came in here struggling.

    I have to say that it is so much fun being able to breathe while our pitcher is on the mound. It’s something I really didn’t do much of when Kennedy and Hughes were on the mound.

  314. BBFan May 4th, 2008 at 2:32 pm

    “OK I will move on after this but why couldn’t IPK have a 6-2 run support?”

    Not sure if 6 run support would have made the difference. See the difference between Rasner and IPK. IPK was laboring every inning and digging a big hole for offense to crawl back. When you see that again and again it becomes mental even to the offense thinking “here we go again”.

    See what happened today with Rasner. He gave up two runs in the first inning, probably first start and first inning jitters. Then he held ground until offense got started in the third inning. With IPK, more often than not, it was not the case.

    I still believe in IPK. Yanks gave him enough chances, he did not succeed. He should improve his command in AAA and come back as a better pitcher in the second half. Ironically, if Rasner continues to succeed, IPK may not get that chance this year. Hughes will be back as 4/5 starter.

  315. raymagnetic May 4th, 2008 at 2:33 pm

    “It’s terrible, but I find myself rooting AGAINST Giambi getting hits now. Every hit prolongs his stay in the lineup, and I just don’t think he’s ever going to come around in a meaningful way.”

    I’m sorry but this is just silly. I’m not saying Giambi is going to break out anytime soon, but if he does go on a hot streak would you keep rooting against him?

  316. Global Warming May 4th, 2008 at 2:33 pm

    Trisha this is a direct quote from Abrahams blog March Twenty something 08

    “Melky has to fight for what he has,” Cashman said. “I can’t stand here and tell you he’s going to be our center fielder moving forward. That’s up to him.”

    -The link to the article died I guess but just do a quick google search and it comes up.

  317. Nick in SF May 4th, 2008 at 2:33 pm

    Someone tell Giambi that the Yanks are up by 6 runs, so take this at-bat and just try to go to left field with it. Experiment. No pressure.

  318. S.o.S.27 May 4th, 2008 at 2:33 pm

    I have to admit. Im one who wanted Damon traded. Hopefully Giambi can prove me wrong as well.

  319. Laura May 4th, 2008 at 2:34 pm

    Did you guys hear what IPK said about being sent down? Sounds like he can’t handle the pressure of playing in NY. I wouldn’t be opposed to trading him.

  320. berniepaul&tino May 4th, 2008 at 2:35 pm

    trisha
    this is what i was refering to. he did have the job but cash stated he has to fight to keep it. i am certainly glad he is.

    http://thebronxzoo.wordpress.c.....at-he-has/

  321. melkyy28 May 4th, 2008 at 2:35 pm

    MELKY JOHNNY CANO. Who could be hotter than Melky and Johnny right now? Also finally what Cano needed to get going, a homer and right after his BEST FRIEND FOREVER Melky Cabrera.

  322. Tseng May 4th, 2008 at 2:37 pm

    Man are we working the pitchers today or what?

  323. trisha - I believe in Kyle! May 4th, 2008 at 2:37 pm

    Global warming -

    I said that Cashman always said that Melky was their centerfielder. I didn’t say for the rest of his life. When Cashman was questioned he said that Melky had the job. So for him to say “what he does with it going forward is up to him” does not negate the fact that he said it was Melky’s job.

  324. melkyy28 May 4th, 2008 at 2:38 pm

    Speaking of fantasy, today is my lucky day! I have the Yankee pitching staff, Melky, Cano and Beltre. YES!!

  325. berniepaul&tino May 4th, 2008 at 2:41 pm

    trisha
    the point i was trying to make is that the yankees were not sold on melky as the centerfielder of the future and that he was not the reason the trade didnt go through. i am certainly glad to see melky fighting as well as he is to keep that spot because its great to watch a CF that can actually throw.

  326. S.A.-I am still happy Phil Hughes was saved! May 4th, 2008 at 2:43 pm

    What did IPK say about being sent down?

  327. TKinDC May 4th, 2008 at 2:43 pm

    Do we pitch Mo today just to keep him sharp or is it going to be a Krazy Kyle production?

  328. BBFan May 4th, 2008 at 2:43 pm

    “Did you guys hear what IPK said about being sent down? Sounds like he can’t handle the pressure of playing in NY. I wouldn’t be opposed to trading him.”

    IPK getting traded is a real possibility if Rasner continues to succeed. If Rasner continues to pitch like today, we he will lock up the 5th or even 4th spot, depending on how Hughes does. Once healthy, Karstens will be the long man. IPK could be used to fill a real need, like 7/8 inning BP arm or a good 1B.

  329. trisha - I believe in Kyle! May 4th, 2008 at 2:45 pm

    S.O.S. -

    In fairness, a reason that I think that I might end up calling a lot of things right (when I do) is that I typically don’t call to off anybody. In fact I go in the other direction. I put on my talent evaluator hat and if there is still talent there I figure it’s a matter of time. I also know that teams tend to be a lot more patient than fans are!

    I can only say it was a good coincidence that I had my fill of Hughes and Kennedy for the time being and the team moved on it at the same time. (Yes I know that Hughes was
    DLd but I have to believe he would have been sent down if that didn’t happen.) I actually think that was a no brainer. When you aren’t getting 5 innings out of your pitcher and his ERA is close to 10 – and you’re looking at kids who weren’t even supposed to be up yet – you have to pull the trigger sooner rather than later.

  330. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 May 4th, 2008 at 2:45 pm

    I don’t think you pitch Mo today. He pitched Friday and it’s what, an 8-2 game? You’ll likely need him for Cleveland, anyway.

  331. berniepaul&tino May 4th, 2008 at 2:46 pm

    BBFan
    talking trades what do you think it would take to get nick johnson back at first base?

  332. S.o.S.27 May 4th, 2008 at 2:46 pm

    Why are we so easy to give Hughes the nod? IMO. Kennedy pitched better this year. I could be wrong but i felt like he didnt struggle as much as Hughes. Just ran into one bad inning per start. Where Hughes seemed like it was every inning.

  333. Jeff NJ May 4th, 2008 at 2:46 pm

    They are not trading IPK, let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Rasner looks like a servicable innings eater, that makes him plenty valuable to a rebuilding team like the Yankees, but that does not make IPK expendable.

  334. BBFan May 4th, 2008 at 2:46 pm

    “Did you guys hear what IPK said about being sent down? Sounds like he can’t handle the pressure of playing in NY. I wouldn’t be opposed to trading him.”

    If the lead holds up, I will not be surprised if Girardi tries the likes of Alba, Britton to give them some work. We may need MO and Joba for all the games with Cleveland, So it does not make sense taxing them now.

  335. UKYankee May 4th, 2008 at 2:46 pm

    i love that the offense seems to have finally come alive…..it’s just terrible timing for the 2 kids who were served with 2 or 3 runs here or there…..they could’ve done with a huge run cusion to pitch from…maybe would’ve helped develop a bit of confidence

  336. Joe from Long Island May 4th, 2008 at 2:47 pm

    SJ’s post from 2:31 defines professional maturity.

  337. VRSCE May 4th, 2008 at 2:48 pm

    Rasner is proving that there is more to the youth movement than Hughes and Kennedy. That will take some of the pressure off of these young guys and provide some healthy peer competition.

  338. trisha - I believe in Kyle! May 4th, 2008 at 2:48 pm

    I agree that IPK’s stuff was a lot better than Hughes’.

    Is Ollie still up? Why not give him a little work just to keep him sharp?

    (Is Ollie still up?)

  339. Guiseppe Franco May 4th, 2008 at 2:50 pm

    IPK getting traded is a real possibility if Rasner continues to succeed. If Rasner continues to pitch like today, we he will lock up the 5th or even 4th spot, depending on how Hughes does. Once healthy, Karstens will be the long man. IPK could be used to fill a real need, like 7/8 inning BP arm or a good 1B.

    Please. Kennedy is not getting traded.

    The organization isn’t even remotely close to giving up on him. A kid struggles and people want to hang him. It’s pathetic.

    And Rasner isn’t going to last over the long haul. He’s only in the rotation to fill a hole until Kennedy figures things out in Scranton and Hughes come off the DL.

    Neither Karstens or Rasner are going to be anything more than mediocre major league pitchers.

  340. mko May 4th, 2008 at 2:51 pm

    Who’s Ollie?

  341. americanbear May 4th, 2008 at 2:51 pm

    I’ve always loved Nick Johnson, he just can’t stay on the field. But it’s nice to see him producing after that terrible injury.

    If the lead holds up I’d like to see Britton and Alba given the work.

  342. trisha - I believe in Kyle! May 4th, 2008 at 2:51 pm

    Sorry. I meant Ohlendorf.

  343. BBFan May 4th, 2008 at 2:52 pm

    “Did you guys hear what IPK said about being sent down? Sounds like he can’t handle the pressure of playing in NY. I wouldn’t be opposed to trading him.”

    As good as Nick is, I would prefer to trade for a right handed 1B to balance the lineup.

    Answering your question, it is very difficult to say as the Nats GM is very difficult to deal with. He always asks for the moon even for the mediocre players. Do you remember how he overplayed his hand with Soriano and then lost him to free agancy?

  344. SJ44 May 4th, 2008 at 2:52 pm

    Hughes pitched much better than Kennedy. Not by much but, he was better.

    We also are finding out he was hurt. Kennedy has been healthy.

    Kennedy just didn’t pitch well. It happens.

    They gave him a 3 run lead the other night and he couldn’t hold up his end of the deal. Sure, some stuff happened defensively in that game.

    But, he was still pitching in bad counts and couldn’t give them length. As a pitcher, you have to pickup your defense at times. He couldn’t do it.

    That’s just not good enough to stay in the rotation.

    Rasner basically is giving a lesson as to how to navigate through a lineup without commanding stuff and how to pitch with a lead. That’s the stuff Kennedy has to learn.

    The Yankees thought he knew how to already based on his performances last year. Clearly, that’s not the case.

    Its best he goes to AAA, as Rasner did this year, and find his way.

    If he does, he will be back at some point in the season.

  345. Joe May 4th, 2008 at 2:52 pm

    You all realize that Kennedy is very young, had no time in the minors and was MILB’s minor league pitcher of the year, so you want to trade him for a relief pitcher. Really?

  346. ANSKY May 4th, 2008 at 2:53 pm

    I think Ian’s comments on going down to AAA and not having the same confidence as last year isn’t necessarily a bad thing. To me it shows he’s aware of what’s wrong and that could actually be good. What he does about it is what’ll be important.

    On another topic, Giambi hitting one SF to LF does not solve the problem whit him. Putting at least quarter of the balls he hits over there somewhere is what he needs to do, just to function as a DH. Forget his baserunning and playing the field … that’s just to be a one-dimensional DH who’s worth a fraction of what he’s being paid.

  347. berniepaul&tino May 4th, 2008 at 2:53 pm

    if ohlendorf is ollie i see no reason to pitch him. after the work hes gotten in the first month give him as much rest as possible i say.

  348. Laura May 4th, 2008 at 2:54 pm

    IPK’s statement was “it will be nice to go to a place where not every pitch isn’t the end of the world.”

    Perhaps I’m taking it out of context, but this doesn’t sound good to me.

  349. dealmaker May 4th, 2008 at 2:54 pm

    Seeing as Chris Britton continues to fall off Cashman’s radar, I’d attempt to work a deal for Betemit and Britton to K.C. for 1B / OF Ross Gload who bats and throws left.
    Brooklyn born Gload would be a serviceable platoon with Shelley and use Giambi as a pinch hitter.

  350. Patrick May 4th, 2008 at 2:55 pm

    SJ said:

    “Ian just has to suck it up and get better.”

    His quote tells me that he’s still a little immature. I mean he’s only 23 right? His performance was not good and he was obviously trying to point out excuses. I’m sure he will learn to stop making excuses and just play. At the very least he said something to the effect of “If I pitch like I’m capable of pitching, I’ll be back in the majors very soon.” That tells me he still has confidence in himself which is a definite positive. We will see Kennedy soon in my opinion.

  351. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 May 4th, 2008 at 2:55 pm

    I think the time in AAA will be really helpful for Kennedy.

    JOHNNY DAMON WITH THE CATCH OF THE AFTERNOON!

  352. Jeff NJ May 4th, 2008 at 2:55 pm

    Damon flashing leather. Play of the day.

  353. berniepaul&tino May 4th, 2008 at 2:56 pm

    great catch..

  354. CB May 4th, 2008 at 2:56 pm

    “Sounds like he can’t handle the pressure of playing in NY. I wouldn’t be opposed to trading him.”

    I remember many people said the same thing about Melky when he first came up to the majors and just looked lost.

    How’s he doing now?

    People said very similar things about Wang last year after his playoff meltdown last year.

    Kennedy may not be ready to pitch in the majors but the idea that you can definitively conclude that he can’t hack it in NY is just nonsense.

    It’s the same knee jerk thinking we see in NY over and over.

    It’s sort of amazing that people are watching a guy like Rasner – who isn’t very talented and has bounced around a lot – throw an effective game without being able to throw hard and somehow conclude that Kennedy should be traded.

    Rasner was DFA’d by the Washington Nationals. Think about that. Do you think the Nats might want him back? That’s the price you pay for losing patience with developing pitchers.

    Kennedy is going to be very good. Learning to pitch is as hard a thing as there is to do in professional sports. There are very, very few pitchers who are just able to transition to the big leagues smoothly. His track record is terrific and this is his first true experience with failure.

    Part of the yankee’s thinking with taking a chance on Kennedy and Hughes was the knowledge that the team had significant depth in terms of pitching.

    They’ve know turned to that depth and today it’s helped. Rasner has pitched well. If he can stabilize the back of the rotation then this season takes on a very different turn. It gives them more flexibility on bringing Kennedy and Hughes back to the majors at their own pace.

    This isn’t a one or the other proposition – either Hughes and Kennedy are in the rotation now and pitching successfully or they are failures who should be traded.

    That’s the kind of black and white thinking that’s gotten the team into so much trouble in the past.

  355. Laura May 4th, 2008 at 2:56 pm

    No way Matsui makes that play.

  356. trisha - I believe in Kyle! May 4th, 2008 at 2:57 pm

    Run support is a quirky thing. Just ask pitchers who continually lead the league in getting it, and then ask pitchers who continually lead the league in not getting it. This is a little out of the box maybe, or maybe it isn’t at all, but I think it can be a function of the team’s “appreciation” for the pitcher, both in their interaction as teammates and in the pitcher’s willingness to back them up.

    I think of Roger Clemens on the one hand, and then I think of Mike Mussina on the other. I have to say truthfully that I do not know anything about either pitcher’s actual run support, but my guess is that Clemens was pretty high when he was with the Yanks, and I’m pretty sure Moose’s is pretty low.

  357. rconn23 May 4th, 2008 at 2:57 pm

    IPK does not have better “”stuff” than Hughes. He may have pitched slightly better than Hughes, but that’s just different levels of terrible.

    A rotation of Wanger, Andy, Joba, and Mussina, I think is enough to get it done. Unfortunately, the other young promising starters in the minors aren’t ready to come up to fill the fifth spot.

  358. BBFan May 4th, 2008 at 2:58 pm

    “Please. Kennedy is not getting traded.

    The organization isn’t even remotely close to giving up on him. A kid struggles and people want to hang him. It’s pathetic.”

    First read correctly what people are writing before giving a knee jerk reaction.

    I for one, is not advocating IPK should be traded. But, if there is a good opportunity, he is not utouchable. For example, if a package centered around IPK can get Texiera, Cash will certainly look into it.

  359. S.A.-I am still happy Phil Hughes was saved! May 4th, 2008 at 2:58 pm

    “it will be nice to go to a place where not every pitch isn’t the end of the world.”

    Well…it’s not like that’s a lie or an exaggeration or anything. Many fans did treat his performance as such. Remember people-he is human.
    We will see.

    Let’s see how he does in Triple A and see if he can get his head on straight and possibly come back and shut people up.

  360. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 May 4th, 2008 at 2:58 pm

    CB: Rasner was DFA’d by the Nationals?

    Wow. We like picking up their DFAs, don’t we?

  361. americanbear May 4th, 2008 at 2:58 pm

    I’d like to see Shelley be given more time at 1B, even against RHPs.

    I’d also like to see Jeter start this inning off with a walk.

  362. bob May 4th, 2008 at 2:58 pm

    So adding that cut fastball is why Rasner has been so good?

  363. Jeff NJ May 4th, 2008 at 2:59 pm

    Just like Girardi is learning what he should and should not say to the media, IPK has to learn that as well. What he said is correct, in Scranton he will be less scrutinized and be able to work on his craft a bit. However, he shouldn’t say that in the media.

    Whenever a young player is being interviewed, he should think “WWJD”, What Would Jeter Do? He is the best at saying just the right thing.

  364. Corey May 4th, 2008 at 2:59 pm

    Laura:

    Absolutely not…this is why I disagree with anyone that says matsui is a better OF than J.D. Its an absurd statement ive seen on this blog multiple times.

  365. Laura May 4th, 2008 at 2:59 pm

    “Kennedy may not be ready to pitch in the majors but the idea that you can definitively conclude that he can’t hack it in NY is just nonsense.”

    Hey, I’m going off of his comments. His comment about each pitch not being the end of the world implies that he’s lacking some of the mental toughness that it takes to play in NYC. Not every one is cut out for Yankee life. Look at Randy Johnson. He clearly is more talented than IPK and he couldn’t even cut it.

  366. trisha - I believe in Kyle! May 4th, 2008 at 2:59 pm

    Re: Ollie. I can see letting him rest. So if that’s the call and the reason, it would make good sense.

    Damon definitely should get a web gem out of that one!

  367. Fredo Corleone May 4th, 2008 at 3:00 pm

    “Melky all star 08!!”

    Let’s be realistic folks. Nice player, but he isn’t one of the top 6-7 CF’s in the AL. In fact, he’s the 2nd best one in this game.

    Nice job by Rasner. Responded well to giving up the early homer. Probably helps that Rasner is not a kid, but the youngsters could take a lesson about dealing w/ adversity from what we’ve seen out of Rasner. Silva was just what the doctor ordered. Not an awful pitcher, but like so many others he thrives on spotting pitches. Those guys don’t thrive against good offenses.

    Rangers scoreless after 1. Gets real interesting if they win this one.

    Bloods beating the Crips by about 35 in the Gahden. Boo!

  368. Nick in SF May 4th, 2008 at 3:01 pm

    Remember that Ian went to U$C. He’s used to being pampered.

    Hopefully some time in Scranton will help him realize that it’s nice to be on the big club.

    And hopefully he’ll realize that even in the Bronx not every pitch is the end of the world — they just seem that way when the previous few pitches gave the opposing team baserunners. They also seem that way when the offense isn’t doing anything, but that’s turning around and should be even better by the time Ian’s back.

  369. miggs May 4th, 2008 at 3:01 pm

    Love this game so far. This is the way the offense is supposed to play. Silva was serving up meatballs but its still nice to see. They’ve put together a couple of good offensive games in a row. A couple of thoughts/predictions:

    1) Rasner makes a minimum of 15 starts in the majors this year, barring injury. There is a chance he stays in the rotation all year. This isn’t based upon this one game. He just looks like he’s able to manage the game. He dominated AAA. And he’s got that new pitch, his cutter.

    2) Damon is a beast. I’m half-joking when I say that but the guy is red hot. Our 4 outfields are all swinging great bats right now. I’ll say it again. Abreu and Matsui must play every day. As I write this Damon makes a diving catch in left field.

    3) People shouldn’t be so quick to throw Hughes and Kennedy under the bus. These guys weren’t really given a fair shot. They were basically set up to fail, as neither was probably ready for the big stage just yet. They’ll be back, both of them. The question is when?

    4) This could be the beginning of a good stretch for the team. Day game followed by day off. No traveling. Night game Tuesday. And the bats are coming around. As I write this, Jeter goes 4-4.

    5) I think we should be patient with Giambi. He still walks a lot and he hits the ball hard. He’s getting good ABs. Sometimes stats don’t tell it all.

  370. SJ44 May 4th, 2008 at 3:02 pm

    I wouldn’t trade Kennedy.

    I look at young pitching as assets. You accumulate as many good, young arms as possible and see how things play out.

    Sure, if a deal that makes sense (Teixiera, who in turn would sign a contract extension. Not going to happen….just throwing it out as an example) you consider trading Kennedy.

    However, you don’t trade him for journeyman guy of a JAG(Just Another Guy) simply because he had a bad first full month as a regular member in a major league starting rotation.

    Its player development. It takes time to develop players. They aren’t all finished products.

  371. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 May 4th, 2008 at 3:03 pm

    LET’S GO PENGUINS!

    (No, I’m not bitter, I promise…)

  372. TKinDC May 4th, 2008 at 3:05 pm

    The fact that Rasner was DFA’d by the Nats is just further proof that Bowden is a clown. The opening day pitcher for the Nats was Odalis (freaking) Perez.

    I don’t know if teams will catch on to what Rasner is doing like they did to T-Clipp last year. This performance is really coming at a good time for sure.

    Now if only Kei Igawa could do something right . . .

  373. Brandon (supporting "Alex being Alex") (J.Santana HR allowed count: 7) May 4th, 2008 at 3:07 pm

    I have a new found respect for Hideki Matsui he has to be one of the best situational hitters in the league.

    Melky has been a spark plug gem for us, this year he’s only touching his potential. Rasner’s cutter has improved his pitching, thank you Rafael Chaves for teaching him that, good luck w/ Ian too.

  374. JRVJ May 4th, 2008 at 3:07 pm

    Well, there goes the theory about Ollie resting today….

  375. BBFan May 4th, 2008 at 3:07 pm

    “Sure, if a deal that makes sense (Teixiera, who in turn would sign a contract extension. Not going to happen….just throwing it out as an example) you consider trading Kennedy.

    However, you don’t trade him for journeyman guy of a JAG(Just Another Guy) simply because he had a bad first full month as a regular member in a major league starting rotation.”

    Well said SJ.
    That is the point I was making earlier.

  376. berniepaul&tino May 4th, 2008 at 3:08 pm

    i dont understand ohlendorf throwing today.

  377. Brandon (supporting "Alex being Alex") (J.Santana HR allowed count: 7) May 4th, 2008 at 3:08 pm

    go to left Jason , please go to left

  378. berniepaul&tino May 4th, 2008 at 3:09 pm

    hey atleast itll be in the 7th inning and not the 3rd

  379. trisha - I believe in Kyle! May 4th, 2008 at 3:09 pm

    This forum is all kumbaya-ish right now because things feel so good. It appears we’re on out way to winning three in a row, and the offense has been great today.

    THAT SAID, please do not go off your meds too soon because I don’t want to see everyone up and down the lineup ripped if the offense isn’t quite as potent when we go to Cleveland. It may be, and if it is, good for us. But if it isn’t, it doesn’t mean the Yanks offense “was good for just one day and not they’re back to being what they were. Awful.” Seattle and Cleveland are two different animals with very different pitching squads. A win is still a win is still a win…

  380. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 May 4th, 2008 at 3:10 pm

    Ohlendorf hasn’t pitched in ages.

  381. trisha - I believe in Kyle! May 4th, 2008 at 3:12 pm

    Hey is Ollie up? Did they say he’s coming in? Could he just be getting some throwing in?

    If Ollie does come in, geeze I just have to think I should be managing our damn Yanks!

    :)

  382. Brandon (supporting "Alex being Alex") (J.Santana HR allowed count: 7) May 4th, 2008 at 3:12 pm

    agreed Ohlendorf needs an inning here to stay fresh (I can’t believe I said that :? )

  383. Jeff NJ May 4th, 2008 at 3:12 pm

    Ohly is fine today, the starters are doing well enough the last 3 days and there are 9 relievers on the roster. Let’s count ‘em:

    Mo, Joba, Farnsworth, Hawkins, Veras, Albie, Britton, Ohly, Ramirez.

  384. S May 4th, 2008 at 3:13 pm

    Girardi overuses Ohlendorf.

  385. BBFan May 4th, 2008 at 3:13 pm

    “i dont understand ohlendorf throwing today.”

    He has not pitched in a few days. So, it is not a big deal. Probably he needs work to stay sharp, unlike Mo or Joba. Obvioulsy, Eiland knows better than we do about the bullpen arms.

  386. SJ44 May 4th, 2008 at 3:13 pm

    I’d to to Ollie today. He hasn’t pitched recently and an inning now keeps him sharp.

    Rasner did his job today. Prior to the game, who wouldn’t have signed up for 6 innings, 2 runs out of him today? I know I would.

    They have an off day tomorrow. Perfect time to get guys work in the ‘pen.

  387. raymagnetic May 4th, 2008 at 3:13 pm

    “Let’s be realistic folks. Nice player, but he isn’t one of the top 6-7 CF’s in the AL. In fact, he’s the 2nd best one in this game.”

    Name 6-7 CF’s that are having a better year than Melky right now.

  388. trisha - I believe in Kyle! May 4th, 2008 at 3:13 pm

    Well a way to look at it is this. If Ollie does come in, he will get his work in and will have to work much less hard than in the games he has typically brought in to pitch.

  389. TKinDC May 4th, 2008 at 3:14 pm

    “THAT SAID, please do not go off your meds too soon because I don’t want to see everyone up and down the lineup ripped if the offense isn’t quite as potent when we go to Cleveland.”

    What is this? Preemptive scolding?

  390. Laura May 4th, 2008 at 3:14 pm

    I would have had Rasner go another inning.

  391. rackem May 4th, 2008 at 3:14 pm

    I’m surprised they took Rasner out after only 76 pitches.

  392. miggs May 4th, 2008 at 3:15 pm

    Actually, Seattle pitched Bedard, King Felix, and Silva against us. Bedard and Felix are both considered very good pitchers. Not sure how Cleveland’s 3 probable starters are better than Seattles from the last 3 days.

    Just not seeing it.

  393. Fredo Corleone May 4th, 2008 at 3:15 pm

    Rasner was only at 75 pitches. Thiknk he could have gone one more before turning it over to the “he needs work” crowd.

  394. Abepeter May 4th, 2008 at 3:15 pm

    Bowden is a total clown! Rasner 76 pitches thru 6. You know he probably had some butterflies in the first which lead to a pitch up in the zone to Beltre. After that he didn’t crater or nibble or be afraid to pitch in the zone. He had innings that he sailed through and others that he battled. It was a great audition!

  395. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 May 4th, 2008 at 3:15 pm

    Melky might be the best CF in the AL right now. Certainly, the most balanced–hitting for power, hitting for average and playing excellent, solid defense.

  396. Brandon (supporting "Alex being Alex") (J.Santana HR allowed count: 7) May 4th, 2008 at 3:15 pm

    these freaking Celtic fans are horrible to listen to, cheering NANANA NANANA HEY HEY HEY GOODBYE, and then cheering IT’S NOT OVER ! because there is 7 minutes left in the game :evil:

  397. trisha - I believe in Kyle! May 4th, 2008 at 3:16 pm

    “What is this? Preemptive scolding?”

    He he he. Nah, just a function of paying close enough attention to how it works around here!

  398. Fran May 4th, 2008 at 3:17 pm

    Nice start by Rasner. I agree though Laura – I would have left him in for one more inning.

  399. S May 4th, 2008 at 3:17 pm

    “Let’s be realistic folks. Nice player, but he isn’t one of the top 6-7 CF’s in the AL. In fact, he’s the 2nd best one in this game.”

    Ichiro’s better than a lot of players, so bad argument…

  400. 108 stitches May 4th, 2008 at 3:17 pm

    Nice bit of pitching, Darrell Rasner. The Yankees just may have bridged some gap by adding cut fasballs to the repertoire of Rasner and Farnsworth.
    Sometimes that one extra pitch can make a difference. One more look the hitters need to be concerned with.

  401. BBFan May 4th, 2008 at 3:17 pm

    “Actually, Seattle pitched Bedard, King Felix, and Silva against us. Bedard and Felix are both considered very good pitchers. Not sure how Cleveland’s 3 probable starters are better than Seattles from the last 3 days.

    The diffrence is going to be Cleveland offense.

  402. Ravi May 4th, 2008 at 3:17 pm

    Didn’t Ollie used to start? What are the plans for him in the future, because I was under the impression that he came over from the D’Backs as a starter and they only used him in the bullpen temporarily?

  403. JRVJ May 4th, 2008 at 3:18 pm

    Assuming the game score stays the same, the Yanks will finally be on the positive side in re: RS/RA.

    Their Pythagorean record will pretty much be where their RS/RA says it should be, but it’s still nice to see positive movement in this stat….

  404. Jim May 4th, 2008 at 3:19 pm

    Hey has anyone realized the Yankees have 26 players on their active roster. How is that possible?

    http://newyork.yankees.mlb.com.....p?c_id=nyy

  405. americanbear May 4th, 2008 at 3:19 pm

    Could be 1 IP each for Ollie, Alba and Britton, which could be an audition to see who stays when Betemit comes up next week, although it probably should be Ramirez sent down.

  406. iYankees May 4th, 2008 at 3:20 pm

    BBFan, why would the Yankees consider moving IPK for Teixeira when he’ll be a free agent after the season? That makes no sense (with Boras as his manager, he’ll definitely hit FA).

  407. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 May 4th, 2008 at 3:20 pm

    Yeah, I don’t think Atlanta is winning that game.

  408. Brandon (supporting "Alex being Alex") (J.Santana HR allowed count: 7) May 4th, 2008 at 3:20 pm

    that was a picture perfect curveball

  409. Dee May 4th, 2008 at 3:20 pm

    TKin and Sj,

    I hear ya. I agree Ian needed to get sent down and Rasner is obviously showing better poise and command with his pitches so far. But Rasner also has the nicer weather and the offense on his side today, which Phil and Ian didn’t have. Also there are some good defensive plays today like Damon’s dive at the 6th and Bobby earlier. Phil Huges had Damon doing a lousy job at CF at his last game and Ian gave up two runs on thursday b/c of Bobby. Not to diminish what Rasner is doing today which is a great showing, but he came in on a good day with Silva getting knocked around.

    About what Kennedy said in terms of the big league pressure, even if he didn’t say that out loud we all already knew he would think that, anyone would, so why make such a big deal out of it now. I’m sure Joba thinks that too. Ian’s mistake was that he got quoted, and now that became part of some people’s reasons that he will never make it in the big league. It’s all media spin to get more legs for the story now. Wasn’t it just 6 months ago that everyone and the media was saying part of what makes IPK’s future so bright was his maturity and he had shown such impressive poise that would make him perfect to handle the majors??

  410. Guiseppe Franco May 4th, 2008 at 3:20 pm

    I for one, is not advocating IPK should be traded. But, if there is a good opportunity, he is not utouchable. For example, if a package centered around IPK can get Texiera, Cash will certainly look into it.

    Cashman is not going to trade Kennedy. It’s not gonna happen. To do so would admit that he screwed up by not sending Kennedy away in the Santana deal.

    Young talented pitchers are a huge commodity in this league. Cashman isn’t going to move him in any deal after struggling for a few starts when he really stuck his neck on the line to keep him during the offseason.

    Why would the Yanks make a deal for Teixeira when they can sign him during the offseason without giving up anyone?

    And if you’re in the “Jeter should be moved from SS” boat, where is Jeter going to play in a couple of years when his range continues to diminish with Teixeira on the roster?

  411. CB May 4th, 2008 at 3:20 pm

    Melky Cabrera right now has the 4th highest OPS of any CF in the AL.

    Melky’s OPS is .864 so far this year. His slugging percentage is close to .500.

    Defensively he as the 2nd highest zone rating. Before this season many people said Melky took poor routes to balls. He’s been much better this year and so far this year he’s shown outstanding range. And zone rating doesn’t take outfielder’s arms into account at all.

    Yes it’s still the first part of the season but they’ve now played roughly 20% of their games so it’s not that “small” a sample size.

    If Melky goes on to be an .800+ OPS centerfielder he becomes an immensely valuable player.

  412. trisha - I believe in Kyle! May 4th, 2008 at 3:21 pm

    Miggs, yes but also remember the number of errors Seattle committed during this series.

    I just think the Yanks got lucky against a team that is cold right now and don’t think it would be a great embarassment if the offense comparatively sputtered a little against the Tribe. If that happened of course it wouldn’t be a statement on the state of our offense, but I do think a lot of people will view it that way and be vastly disappointed – which of course always leads to a call to the local bus company and asking the lineup to please lie down.

    :)

  413. Jim May 4th, 2008 at 3:21 pm

    Nevermind Kennedy is gone

  414. Nick in SF May 4th, 2008 at 3:22 pm

    What’s up with this “off day” tomorrow that SJ referred to? I didn’t know the Yankees got those. Must not be any rain in the forecast.

    And the Celtics fans should be embarrassed that they went to a Game 7 vs. the Hawks. I suspect deep down they are.

  415. Colin May 4th, 2008 at 3:23 pm

    Rasner looked good, but hold off on judgment on his value to the team this year until he pitches against Detroit.

    Looks like he’s going to be pitching against them May 9?

  416. trisha - I believe in Kyle! May 4th, 2008 at 3:23 pm

    Happy to see so many people defending da melk. I didn’t even bother but since my whole reason for not wanting Santana dealt with keeping da melk, I’m sure you know my view on him as a centerfielder.

  417. CB May 4th, 2008 at 3:23 pm

    That’s why Ross Ohelendorf should not be used as a long reliever.

    He should be a late inning reliever, pitching high leverage innings.

    If he’s rested and only used to throw 1 inning at a time he will be terrific. Much better than Farnsworth or Hawkins.

  418. S.A.-I am still happy Phil Hughes was saved! May 4th, 2008 at 3:23 pm

    Stupid Celtics. Argh

  419. BBFan May 4th, 2008 at 3:24 pm

    “BBFan, why would the Yankees consider moving IPK for Teixeira when he’ll be a free agent after the season? That makes no sense (with Boras as his manager, he’ll definitely hit FA).”

    It was an example I gave the circumstances under which Cash MAY consider trading IPK. SJ said the same later.

    It does not mean it will happen. Now what are the chances of Texiera getting traded? Can happen if Braves are out of it by trading deadline and they figure they can not sign him after the season.

  420. Dee May 4th, 2008 at 3:24 pm

    “Wasn’t it just 6 months ago that everyone and the media was saying part of what makes IPK’s future so bright was his maturity and he had shown such impressive poise that would make him perfect to handle the majors??”

    Let me correct myself, it wasn’t 6 months ago, it was 6 weeks ago when everyone including Girardi and Cashman were praising IPK’s maturity.

  421. raymagnetic May 4th, 2008 at 3:25 pm

    “And if you’re in the “Jeter should be moved from SS” boat, where is Jeter going to play in a couple of years when his range continues to diminish with Teixeira on the roster?”

    Left Field?

  422. S.A.-I am still happy Phil Hughes was saved! May 4th, 2008 at 3:25 pm

    Come on Rangers!!!

  423. Betsy May 4th, 2008 at 3:25 pm

    Dee, Ian’s comments are very disturbing to me. He’s going to face pressure no matter where he is – such is the life of a professional athlete. Every time he starts a game, he’s in the spotlight and in NY, the spotlight is bigger. You just can’t admit that out loud – it’s a built in excuse and it makes Ian, frankly, look weak. I can understand the uncertainty a player who has always succeeded at every level faces when he’s now up with the big boys and he’s wondering if he will make it. Every player who has every played the game probably feels that way at some point. It just how you deal with it that counts. I’m sure Ian will be a fine pitcher, but I have serious doubts as to whether he can handle NY…..

  424. Chris May 4th, 2008 at 3:27 pm

    Seattle not interested in hanging around the Bronx too much longer. They have a cross country flight and a game tomorrow night at home.

  425. Brandon (supporting "Alex being Alex") (J.Santana HR allowed count: 7) May 4th, 2008 at 3:28 pm

    that was a good approach by Robi, he looks like he’s getting close to centering the ball, be it was a GO but he had a good approach.

    meanwhile…DUCK !

  426. hughman May 4th, 2008 at 3:28 pm

    OBA and slugging before today of 3 1B/DH types. Name them:

    .282/.357

    .320/.385

    .316/.379

  427. berniepaul&tino May 4th, 2008 at 3:28 pm

    cb
    agreed i was hoping to rest ohlendorf some but you guys are right hasnt pitched in awhile and it was interesting to finally see him throw in the later innings

  428. This Year May 4th, 2008 at 3:28 pm

    Igawa today: 7 ip,5 hits, 4 earned runs, 4 walks, 8 ks. Don’t see him facing off against the Tigers. Don’t look now but the long lost Eric Duncan is up to .286. Still don’t think he is done as aprospect (still only 23). Gardner 2 more hits. Tabata has a hit at Trenton. Wright pitched well at Trenton and Nova had a good outing fro Tampa. Coke had 11 ks last night for Trenton last night.

  429. TKinDC May 4th, 2008 at 3:29 pm

    It is going to take an act of Congress to get Jete to switch positions, no?

    Cal Ripken made life miserable for the O’s for years and it wasn’t until they got a vastly better SS in the off-season that he agreed to move to 3B

  430. BBFan May 4th, 2008 at 3:29 pm

    Pete was absolutely right.
    As Pete said, some people here really need reading comprehension so that they do not take what is written out of context all the time.

  431. David May 4th, 2008 at 3:30 pm

    So Morrow has to be suspended right? He threw at Ensberg’s head out of frustration for the Yankees beating up on them… It was much closer to Ensberg’s head than the Manny pitch. Or are Seattle pitchers not eligible for suspensions and can do anything they want?

  432. V May 4th, 2008 at 3:30 pm

    “5) I think we should be patient with Giambi. He still walks a lot and he hits the ball hard. He’s getting good ABs. Sometimes stats don’t tell it all.”

    Agreed with the rest of the post, but I’m really beginning to see Giambi as a ‘Waste of Flesh’ candidate (a Cardinals blog I follow used to have a WoF award for the worst player on the 25 man roster). Can’t field a -lick- – maybe they aren’t ‘errors’, but the number of missed plays that an average 1B makes that he doesn’t, the absolute INABILITY to hit anywhere BUT the right side of the infield, etc.

  433. This Year May 4th, 2008 at 3:30 pm

    Totally agree, CB. That was what he was prepared to do last year and in spring training. Then all of a sudden he is a long man. If he can come in to pitch one inning all out, he will be very good, I think.

  434. Brandon (supporting "Alex being Alex") (J.Santana HR allowed count: 7) May 4th, 2008 at 3:32 pm

    Kei Igawa

    PT/S 108-66 this is weird he’s throwing strikes but 4 BB is troubling

    GO/AO 2-11 that’s not good :?

  435. trisha - I believe in Kyle! May 4th, 2008 at 3:33 pm

    I had just changed my tag line but hadn’t posted yet when I read the post about Igawa. However, it would have been chicken stuff of me to pull it back but I admit that I am disappointed to read about his latest outing.

  436. TKinDC May 4th, 2008 at 3:34 pm

    Cool factoid from McCarron’s/Feinsands blog:

    The Yankees were the only team in the majors without a five-run inning this season until today. Last year, they led the majors with 31 innings of five or more runs.

  437. iYankees May 4th, 2008 at 3:34 pm

    I guess, but the Braves are usually in the thick of it all season long (even if the Phillies and the Mets have better teams), so I don’t think they’ll give up, no matter how poor things look (they could use some pitching help). Also, if someone were to trade valuable prospects for Teixeira, I would assume that they would like to sign him to an extension (similar to the Santana situation) which probably won’t happen.

    And the comments Ian Kennedy made about going back to Triple-A are about his confidence level. He was getting POUNDED, acknowledged that, and was sent down to work on his confidence, not necessarily his stuff. He’s 23 years old so obviously he’s going to have this sort of confidence issue come up if he gets rocked because that’s never happened to him before. Also, it’s not like he said “I’d rather play in the minors forever.” He realizes he has some things to work out and knows that the game goes slower at the minor league level. It’ll help him become effective again and he knows that (that’s all he was saying).

  438. trisha - I believe in Ks - Kyle and Kei! May 4th, 2008 at 3:35 pm

    Oops! I must have refreshed and it disappeared. This is it.

  439. S.A.-I am still happy Phil Hughes was saved! May 4th, 2008 at 3:36 pm

    Krazy time ;)

  440. Brandon (supporting "Alex being Alex") (J.Santana HR allowed count: 7) May 4th, 2008 at 3:36 pm

    Farnsy is throwing the cut fastball more better

  441. S.o.S.27 May 4th, 2008 at 3:37 pm

    Igawa = AAAA
    NL = AAAA

    Call the Padres see if their still interested. Still wouldnt ming having Kouzmanoff at first.

  442. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 May 4th, 2008 at 3:37 pm

    Come on Kyle!

  443. Brandon (supporting "Alex being Alex") (J.Santana HR allowed count: 7) May 4th, 2008 at 3:38 pm

    there’s that cut fastball again

  444. CB May 4th, 2008 at 3:39 pm

    “It is going to take an act of Congress to get Jete to switch positions, no?”

    I think perhaps the most under appreciated story of the yankee’s season so far this year is Derek Jeter’s dramatic defensive improvement this year versus what we saw last year.

    Jeter’s zone rating last year was an atrocious .777. That was second worst in the AL. He was around 24 runs worse than a league average shortstop.

    Jeter hasn’t been a very good defensive player in a while. Nonetheless last year was particularly bad for him and a lot was made of that.

    But i think his knee was bothering him much more than he let up and really affected his range. He had the knee worked on in the off season and worked on a knee speed/agility training program in the off season.

    And there’s been a dramatic improvement in his defense so far this year. In particular his range to his left has been much better.

    And the statistics back this up and tell quite a story.

    Jeter’s zone rating so far this year – .868. That’s second best in the entire AL.

    That is a dramatic turn around and something that hasn’t been discussed enough.

    Jeter has been a far above average defensive SS so far this year.

  445. Laura May 4th, 2008 at 3:39 pm

    When does Farnsy’s appeal come up?

  446. iYankees May 4th, 2008 at 3:40 pm

    S.o.S., that would an awesome trade for us. The Kouz is a solid player.

  447. BBFan May 4th, 2008 at 3:40 pm

    I did not see this coming, but using Kyle is not a bad idea. He gets a chance to work on this cutter and mix all his pitches and see what combination works better in a non-pressure situation.

    That is why Eiland is the pitchiing coach and Girardi is the manager!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  448. Dee May 4th, 2008 at 3:41 pm

    “I’m sure Ian will be a fine pitcher, but I have serious doubts as to whether he can handle NY…..”

    Betsy, I think that’s reading a little too much into the Kennedy quote. Like I said, feeling the big league and NY pressure is to be expected for a young guy like IPK. I bet Joba feels the same, he was just media savvy enough not to say it out loud and get quoted. Even Arod had a hard time here in Ny until very recently. I think what Ian Kennedy said tells me he needs a little media training, and to be more thick-skin. But I’m not that alarmed overall.

  449. trisha - I believe in Ks - Kyle and Kei! May 4th, 2008 at 3:41 pm

    Come on. His stuff is great.

    Good on you, Kyle.

    :)

  450. hughman May 4th, 2008 at 3:41 pm

    OBA and slugging before today of 3 1B/DH types. OK, no one wanted to guess, answer below:

    .282/.357
    .320/.385
    .316/.379

    Ryan Howard, Jason Giambi, and David Ortiz. Now, the other 2 will likely be far better than Giambi, but just to give you an idea his start is not SO unusual. It’s May.

    And IYankees, I agree with your take on Kennedy. Players hear and read stuff like this, from writers, fans and management, but they aren’t supposed to say it? Go down, work on your game and confidence outside the glare, tinker with a new pitch, what have you. I don’t think it proves he’ll have a permanent deficiency of fire in the belly.

  451. Scott (Start Joba) May 4th, 2008 at 3:42 pm

    How about three of the weakest ground ball outs you’ll ever see from Farnsworth! Those looked like the pathetic swings guys take off Rivera.

  452. Laura May 4th, 2008 at 3:42 pm

    If Farnsworth can pitch like that in the 8th inning, the Yankees can move Joba into the rotation.

  453. DYNASTY IS DESTINY! May 4th, 2008 at 3:42 pm

    For anyone familiar with the movie Full Metal Jacket, do you remember the dry shower scence? When all the privates gathered around and gave the fledgling Private Pyle a soap beating? Can’t the Yanks get together in the clubhouse and do the same to Giambi? Might straighten him out.

  454. SJ44 May 4th, 2008 at 3:42 pm

    Giambi taking walks doesn’t help this team. Especially, if he is relegated to the bench.

    If he is a bench player, and he takes walks, you will have to pinch run for him.

    Let’s face it, if he can’t hit, he has no value to this team.

    Farnsworth is pitching today because his appeals hearing is Tuesday. At best, Watson shaves a game off him, leaving him unavailable until Thursday.

    If he has to serve the full 3 days, he’s out until Friday.

    Girardi was smart to give him an inning here so he doesn’t go a full week without pitching in a game.

  455. iYankees May 4th, 2008 at 3:42 pm

    If Jeter totally bombed defensively, I would suggest signing Rafael Furcal, but obviously, that won’t happen. Jeter would probably have to move to 1B or RF.

  456. TKinDC May 4th, 2008 at 3:43 pm

    CB –

    I am very glad to hear that the numbers have improved.

    I wonder when we talk about Texiera coming here whether or not they might look to move Jete over there but if his “D” has gotten better as you suggest, then we can go after Tex with big stacks of dollars.

  457. raymagnetic May 4th, 2008 at 3:43 pm

    “Jeter’s zone rating so far this year – .868. That’s second best in the entire AL.

    That is a dramatic turn around and something that hasn’t been discussed enough.

    Jeter has been a far above average defensive SS so far this year.”

    CB,

    I had no idea that Jeter had improved that much this year. My eyes have been telling me he’s getting to a lot of balls in the hole but I never like to believe my lying eyes.

  458. Brandon (supporting "Alex being Alex") (J.Santana HR allowed count: 7) May 4th, 2008 at 3:44 pm

    CB I agree but watching yesterday the handoff to 2B and the horrible throw to 1B by Jetes , I mean a position change wouldn’t be that off of a thought, he’s under thrown alot of balls to 1B, the only problem is Gonzo would have to be in the lineup and no one knows if he can be an everyday player. I guess this will be discuss alot more as the season goes on.

  459. Zooboy May 4th, 2008 at 3:44 pm

    The only thing saving Giamb is his monster contract and his history of starting off slow; soon it will be time to admit he’s cooked and this is not just his typical slow start.

  460. raymagnetic May 4th, 2008 at 3:45 pm

    “When all the privates gathered around and gave the fledgling Private Pyle a soap beating?”

    You do recall what Private Pyle ending up doing to the sargeant right?

  461. JRVJ May 4th, 2008 at 3:45 pm

    Laura, according to Anthony McCarron over at the NY Daily News blog, Tuesday.

    So it makes sense to get an inning out of him today, if he’s almost certainly not going to be available in Cleveland…

  462. bill_brasky May 4th, 2008 at 3:45 pm

    This is inning for Kyle has been great. If the Yankees are going to be successful this year Farnsworth HAS to produce, our bullpen is too weak otherwise because Joba WILL be in the rotation towards the end of the season. There is noone else.

    So far he looks much improved from last season. There will be bumps in the road but I think the odds of post-season success for this team get much much better with Farnsworth pitching well.

  463. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 May 4th, 2008 at 3:45 pm

    It’s amazing; when something’s going well, it goes really well…

  464. V May 4th, 2008 at 3:49 pm

    ““Let’s be realistic folks. Nice player, but he isn’t one of the top 6-7 CF’s in the AL. In fact, he’s the 2nd best one in this game.””

    He’s 23. Twenty-three.

    He has several years until we can say he’s ‘fully developed’ as a player.

    And yet, here’s the list of AL Center Fielders who have started more than 10 games:

    Chris Denorfia
    Clete Thomas
    David DeJesus
    Coco Crisp
    Joey Gathright
    Ryan Sweeney
    Jacoby Ellsbury
    Carlos Gomez
    B.J. Upton
    Grady Sizemore
    Melky Cabrera
    Adam Jones
    Vernon Wells
    Torii Hunter
    Josh Hamilton
    Ichiro Suzuki
    Gary Matthews

    http://cbs.sportsline.com/mlb/....._1:col_2=3

    Melky’s pretty damn comparable on that list, when all is said and done. And he has a lot more years ahead of him than several of the guys on this list.

    (For example, Torii Hunter is better at the moment probably, but I’ll take Melky over him from today forward – Hamilton, Upton, Sizemore, Ellsbury, and Jones are his real competition from today forward).

  465. TKinDC May 4th, 2008 at 3:49 pm

    Arthur Rhodes?

    How many games did this guy win for us when he was an Oriole?

    I guess Seattle has a late charter plane and are not in a rush to go home.

  466. americanbear May 4th, 2008 at 3:49 pm

    SJ44 thanks for explaining why Farns was in the 8th, makes sense.

  467. BBFan May 4th, 2008 at 3:50 pm

    It is too early to judge Kyle’s tranformation or value.
    It would not have happened without Girardi’s support for and confidence in Klye.

    Girardi deserves lot of credit for it, for going against the popular opinion and sticking with Klpe. Of course, the jury is still out.

  468. Nick in SF May 4th, 2008 at 3:50 pm

    Confidential to Bobby M: Oakland is closer to Seattle than is Anaheim.

  469. Brandon (supporting "Alex being Alex") (J.Santana HR allowed count: 7) May 4th, 2008 at 3:51 pm

    interesting day for Tabata so far in Trenton

    an OF assist to 1B
    2 for 4 w/ no K’s
    a stolen base

    he’s playing 5 tool baseball today.

  470. hughman May 4th, 2008 at 3:52 pm

    Do you think Ryan Howard is cooked, David Ortiz, Adam Laroche, Troy Tulowitski? They all stink worse than Giambi. And others. Sure, he MIGHT be cooked, but you really don’t know. He’s a walking, hot or cold streak hitter with power.

  471. CB May 4th, 2008 at 3:52 pm

    “I mean a position change wouldn’t be that off of a thought,”

    Not if he is a .820+ zone rating SS. You absolutely don’t move him.

    It’s become something of an orthodoxy to think that Jeter has be be moved off SS as soon as possible.

    We have to see how he plays this year because this knee may have really been the cause of his terrible defensive 2007.

    If he’s roughly an .820 zone rating player at SS his bat becomes a huge benefit at short.

    Jeter doesn’t have to be great at SS – he only needs to be average defensively there because his bat is so valuable at that position.

    So far this season he’s bee way above average defensively.

  472. Dee May 4th, 2008 at 3:52 pm

    Let’s give Girardi some credit, especially when some people have been quick to point fingers at him when things don’t go well…

    So far I’m very impressed by what Joe has done with Farnsworth.

  473. Brandon (supporting "Alex being Alex") (J.Santana HR allowed count: 7) May 4th, 2008 at 3:52 pm

    that was ball 4 ! :x

  474. blackdragon905 May 4th, 2008 at 3:54 pm

    terrible call

  475. This Year May 4th, 2008 at 3:54 pm

    Worst strike call I have seen in a long time.

  476. Nick in SF May 4th, 2008 at 3:54 pm

    On the SF Giants broadcast, they just showed Jamie Moyer having a long chat with Barry Zito. Maybe Hank should call Zito too.

  477. iYankees May 4th, 2008 at 3:55 pm

    Melky is up there but Josh Hamilton and BJ Upton will have to play pretty poorly for Melky to outproduce them (Vernon Wells is another great CF). Then again, those guys are all first round draft picks and have been expected to put up the numbers. Melky is a nice “feel good” type of story.

  478. CB May 4th, 2008 at 3:55 pm

    “It would not have happened without Girardi’s support for and confidence in Klye.”

    Farnsworth is in the walk year of his contract. If he’s any better this year than prior I’d guess that’s why.

    The last decent year Farnsworth had was in the walk year of his contract 3 years ago.

    That’s why the yankees signed him in the first place – off of that contract.

  479. Laura May 4th, 2008 at 3:55 pm

    “Do you think Ryan Howard is cooked, David Ortiz, Adam Laroche, Troy Tulowitski? They all stink worse than Giambi.”

    As much as it pains me to say anything in defense of a Crock Sox, I believe that Ortiz’s batting woes are injury related. He has bad knees. What is Giambi’s excuse?

  480. DYNASTY IS DESTINY! May 4th, 2008 at 3:55 pm

    Looks like Phase I of the Darrel Rasner experiment is complete and successful!

    GO Yanks!

  481. Terry May 4th, 2008 at 3:55 pm

    That was a strike?!

    In what game? Bowling?

  482. Jeff NJ May 4th, 2008 at 3:55 pm

    CB, good stats on Jeter. I agree last year was a bad year for him and he was hurting quite a bit. Also the talk to 1B is only to fill a need, more realistic to me would be 2B or LF. However, Jeter is only signed for 3 more years, I’ll take my chances iwth him at SS for that period.

    Saving 1B for Posada is probably more realistic.

  483. Betsy May 4th, 2008 at 3:56 pm

    More on Ian – His quote about “here, (meaning NY) the world is going to end” is unfortunate. That’s how it is in the major leagues – every game counts, whether it’s in NY, Pittsburgh, Tampa, KC or Seattle. Ok, the media and fan crush isn’t the same everywhere, but the games count just the same. I have no problem with him struggling, but I have major problems with his whining…..and that’s how it comes off to me. I think people are being easy on Ian and correspondingly rough on Phil. By the way, if Phil hadn’t been injured and he had been sent down, I would have been EXREMELY, EXTREMELY disappointed in him had he moped about it. So, I’m not being biased. He’s already been quoted as saying that he understands the pressure and it doesn’t bother him – that no one can put more pressure on him than he does himself. I’m not asking Ian to be Phil…….or Joba. Ian should just be Ian……..but he’s got to be a little tougher here.

  484. Neil May 4th, 2008 at 3:57 pm

    IPK will be on some long bus rides looking out the bus windows at cows and his major league perspective will change for the better.
    There’s a difference between Motel 6 and 5 star hotels.

  485. andy Hawkin's ghost May 4th, 2008 at 3:57 pm

    IPK isn’t getting traded.
    Dare I say it? The Yankee need to give Kei Igawa another shot. I has to happen at some point. Far too much invested in that man. Gotta see if he’s worth it.
    Rasner had one good start and suddenly he’s the answer. OK.
    Perhaps Robbie Cano needs to go down. He has been TERRIBLE at the plate thus far. I’m not seriously promoting this but something needs to get done about this. Batting him 7th is not helping him. What about moving him to the second slot for a couple games. That said, Girardi needs to find a more consistant lineup at this point.

  486. Laura May 4th, 2008 at 3:58 pm

    “Saving 1B for Posada is probably more realistic.”

    Good luck trying to convince Jorge of that. He is clearly opposed to playing 1B. His comment about the Yankees having 7 guys who play first is still one of my fave comments from this young season.

  487. Nick in SF May 4th, 2008 at 3:58 pm

    Jeter is sending a little message with his defense right now.

  488. Brandon (supporting "Alex being Alex") (J.Santana HR allowed count: 7) May 4th, 2008 at 3:58 pm

    THAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA……………

  489. Jeff NJ May 4th, 2008 at 3:59 pm

    8 pitches for Mo. Great sweep this weekend, enjoy the day off Yankees, this time you earned it.

  490. trisha - I believe in Ks - Kyle and Kei! May 4th, 2008 at 3:59 pm

    I totally disagree about Kyle’s improvement being his walk year. That happens with rational players. Kyle is the biggest headcase there is.

    Kyle always had filthy stuff. Girardi showing confidence in him has changed things around. Just read Kyle’s comments on how he felt he was treated by Torre.

  491. Kevin May 4th, 2008 at 3:59 pm

    SWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEP!

  492. Fran May 4th, 2008 at 4:00 pm

    Nice game today. A 3 game winning streak is a nice way to head into an off day.

    Trisha – good call. You have 2 days to come with your score for Tuesday!

  493. Paul May 4th, 2008 at 4:00 pm

    guys, I waNna show my daughter the Farnsworth/ Wilson fight….anybody got the link that still works??

  494. americanbear May 4th, 2008 at 4:00 pm

    Mariano’s amazing. Maybe he should be going into the rotation.

  495. randy l May 4th, 2008 at 4:01 pm

    “That is a dramatic turn around and something that hasn’t been discussed enough.
    Jeter has been a far above average defensive SS so far this year.”

    until they put a gps device on the player and in the ball, zone ratings and other defensive metrics are masquerading as objective facts. someone still has to decide how hard balls are hit . jeter was probably never as bad as sabermetric defensive stats said he was or as good as the managers and coaches who gave him gold gloves said he was.

    he was really banged up last year. and maybe he picked up half a step working out in the off season on lateral movement. whatever it is ,i think he’s planning on staying at shortstop so being better is good news.

  496. Brandon (supporting "Alex being Alex") (J.Santana HR allowed count: 7) May 4th, 2008 at 4:01 pm

    Melky’s centering everything even Jetes gum :lol:

  497. Nick in SF May 4th, 2008 at 4:02 pm

    “Mariano’s amazing. Maybe he should be going into the rotation.”

    Maybe he should play first base.

  498. Laura May 4th, 2008 at 4:02 pm

    You can tell that Melky thinks he’s the **** right now. That’s playing with confidence.

  499. trisha - I believe in Ks - Kyle and Kei! May 4th, 2008 at 4:02 pm

    Fran – laughed til tears came out of my eyes!

    Okay, my score predicting ability is a little off!!!

    :D
    :D
    :D

  500. BBFan May 4th, 2008 at 4:04 pm

    “Farnsworth is in the walk year of his contract. If he’s any better this year than prior I’d guess that’s why.”

    So, are you saying Girardi does not deserve credit?
    Whether it is walk year or not, Girardi could have gone with the popular opinion, or pull a Torre, and not give him a chance. Girardi showed guts against the popular opinion and stuck with Kyle. He deserves credit for it.

    Now, this walk year business is very interesting. So, if Kyle is suddenly good becuase of this, last year he was not good becuse it was not walk year? Too much is made of it. What about Braves CF last year?

    Positive reinforcement does work. That is what is making the main difference in the case of Kyle courtesy to Girardi, though walk year may be contributing as well.

  501. Jeff NJ May 4th, 2008 at 4:04 pm

    the Yankees are the definition of a consistent team. Since starting the season with a win, a loss and a win, in the 30 games since, the Yankees have won or lost 2 or 3 in a row, never just one win or loss, and never as many as 4 in a row. Come Tuesday with Andy and Wed with Wang, the Yankees have a chance to really get a long streak going now.

  502. Brandon (supporting "Alex being Alex") (J.Santana HR allowed count: 7) May 4th, 2008 at 4:04 pm

    “Mariano’s amazing. Maybe he should be going into the rotation.”

    sweeeeeeet we can move Pettitte to the bullpen that’ll shorten so many games

  503. Vince May 4th, 2008 at 4:08 pm

    It seems so odd to have a No. 5 hitter with a .150 BA. This is one slump Giambi won’t come out of. His skills have eroded THAT much. Injuries no longer a factor.

  504. trisha - I believe in Ks - Kyle and Kei! May 4th, 2008 at 4:08 pm

    Great game for Rasner. Just what the doctor ordered!

    Something to look forward to every 5th game!

    :)

  505. trisha - I believe in Ks - Kyle and Kei! May 4th, 2008 at 4:09 pm

    Interesting that Wang, Moose and Rasner all got 6 innings. It looks like Joe could be experimenting with something here, and if it works, it’s a real good thing.

  506. kim May 4th, 2008 at 4:09 pm

    melky was so cute standing next to jeter during his interview!

  507. Brandon (supporting "Alex being Alex") (J.Santana HR allowed count: 7) May 4th, 2008 at 4:10 pm

    Rangers finally score Korpiskovski !!! 2 – 1

  508. hughman May 4th, 2008 at 4:10 pm

    I’m pretty sure Giambi’s excuse is he is older than he use to be. But Howard is stuggling worse? What is his excuse? What is LaRoche’s excuse. He’s young. Garko hasn’t been very good. Garret Anderson, he is geting on as well. You’re missing the main point. A lot of guys are doing far worse than career norms. Howard isn’t even very old..

    It still just because it is early.

    And Cano hit one out today, but even he was just as bad as Giambi coming into today.

    The point is, even May is early in a season.

    Acknowledging he might just throughly be done, it is imposible to definitively make that call on a small sample.

  509. iYankees May 4th, 2008 at 4:11 pm

    Yeah, Jason Giambi isn’t the type of hitter anymore that would allow him to dig himself out of the hole that he’s currently in. That would require hitting .300 or so, for an extended period of time (an actual hitting streak). Since he’s so one-dimensional, he doesn’t spray the ball or go the other way, so that’s probably not going to happen.

    Cano is showing signs of life, so maybe he’ll snap out of it. All he needs is a 1 week hitting streak and we know he’s capable of it.

  510. Brandon (supporting "Alex being Alex") (J.Santana HR allowed count: 7) May 4th, 2008 at 4:11 pm

    2 – 2 !!!! NIGEL !

  511. S.o.S.27 May 4th, 2008 at 4:12 pm

    I guess it will take giambi to bat .099 to sit. We’ll see him still starting in June.

  512. canocabrera May 4th, 2008 at 4:12 pm

    I can’t even describe how much I love MELKY! I wish Jeter would have acknowledged him more and let him get a word in. Love Jeter but he says the same thing in every interview!

  513. BBFan May 4th, 2008 at 4:14 pm

    The telling statistic from today is Rasner’s bb/kk which 0/4. That is the difference between IPK and Rasner for at least one game. Also, Ranser pitched six inning with less than 80 pitches. Hopefully, IPK is watching and learning.

  514. JoeT YANKEES LETS GO CY WANG May 4th, 2008 at 4:16 pm

    At least giambi hit one to left. Its hard to get hits when theres 5 guys on the right side and you hit it there anyway

  515. Patrick May 4th, 2008 at 4:17 pm

    I’m a bit troubled that Girardi limited Moose to 84 pitches and Rasner to 76 pitches. However, it was nice to see Edwar, Veras, Ohlendorf, etc get some work. Hopefully seeing Ohlendorf at the back end of a game rather than in the middle innings is a sign of things to come. With him, a good Farns, Joba, Mo the back end of the bullpen could be very very good. Also guys like Veras, Edwar, Alba have shown potential of being valuable. Then even later in the season we could see Robertson, Melancon, Cox. I’m pretty excited about the bullpen even without Joba. It could turn out to be a huge strength.

  516. Paul May 4th, 2008 at 4:20 pm

    help! anybody find the link to the Farnsworth Wilson bodyslamvideo posted on this blog in the last couple days? I can’t find it

  517. iYankees May 4th, 2008 at 4:22 pm

    Once Giambi completely fails this season (we’ll see that in another 2 weeks or so), they should just play Shelley there for the rest of the year. Shelly could at least hit .250 (without a platoon) and he’ll bring similar power. After the season is up, the Yanks should then sign Teixeira and trade Shelley. He’s good enough to be playing everyday on another team and you know the Yanks will pursue the best on the market. Might as well let the guy play and get something out of it after you build his value up (this year).

  518. Jeff NJ May 4th, 2008 at 4:22 pm

    Speaking of links, anyone have one of Justin Christian’s catch yesterday?

  519. trisha - I believe in Ks - Kyle and Kei! May 4th, 2008 at 4:23 pm

    Paul, I’ll try to find it for you. I’ll check You Tube.

  520. Paul May 4th, 2008 at 4:26 pm

    Trish…Youtube discontinues it because of MLB copytwrite issues…thanks

  521. trisha - I believe in Ks - Kyle and Kei! May 4th, 2008 at 4:27 pm

    http://vlog.xuite.net/vlog/gue.....U5Mi5mbHY=

    What would we do without Google?

    :)

  522. JoeT YANKEES LETS GO CY WANG May 4th, 2008 at 4:28 pm

    its not on youtube but its on a comment in the kyle post from yesterday. I’d get it but I can’t copy on my phone sorry :(

  523. Mark Alan May 4th, 2008 at 4:29 pm

    trisha…

    I love the attitude: “I believe in Kyle and Kei!” With Farnsworth, I knew he’d get his head together; that was his problem, because he can throw through a brick wall.

    With Igawa, time at Scranton probably helped him at the MLB level. It seems to have worked for Rasner (!) and it will hopefully give Ian a lift.

  524. TKinDC May 4th, 2008 at 4:29 pm

    I agree with most folks about getting more length out of Rasner and Wanger but with Moose I think you have to lay low. He only has so much in the tank for the year and with the instability we’ve had in the 4th and 5th slots in the rotation we are going to need him big time throughout the year.

    (until Joba puts on his superman cape as a starter)

  525. RayBlay May 4th, 2008 at 4:30 pm

    trisha – that vid was awesome.. I’m cracking up

  526. mmx May 4th, 2008 at 4:32 pm

    Rasner looks much better than Kennedy & Hughes. At least he is willing to attack the strike zone.

  527. Paul May 4th, 2008 at 4:32 pm

    muchos gracias!

  528. Brandon (supporting "Alex being Alex") (J.Santana HR allowed count: 7) May 4th, 2008 at 4:32 pm

    I can’t take the pressure from this game !

  529. trisha - I believe in Ks - Kyle and Kei! May 4th, 2008 at 4:32 pm

    Mark Alan – thanks! It’s great to see I have another astute talent evaluator on my side.

    Seriously they both have such great stuff and such great potential because of it. You really want to see them succeed.

  530. JoeT YANKEES LETS GO CY WANG May 4th, 2008 at 4:32 pm

    Henrick!!!!

  531. BBFan May 4th, 2008 at 4:33 pm

    If a starter gives 6 innings that is great.
    The remaining three innings are for the BP to stay sharp and contribute. Note that there are five starters and seven BP arms.

  532. SJ44 May 4th, 2008 at 4:34 pm

    Hughman,

    If David Oritz, Jason Giambi and Ryan Howard were stocks, and you could only purchase one, who ‘ya got?

    He has no upside. At this point, we have to hope he hits.

    There is no proof, unlike the performances of Ortiz and Howard the last 2 years, he has anything left in the tank.

    Hey, I hope he does because the Yankees need him.

    But, there is no guarantee, he’s recapturing past glory. Not unless he loses the stubborness and becomes a left center/right center hitter again.

  533. Brandon (supporting "Alex being Alex") (J.Santana HR allowed count: 7) May 4th, 2008 at 4:37 pm

    4 MIN POWERPLAY COM’ON !

    DEFENSE RANGERS !!!!!

  534. TKinDC May 4th, 2008 at 4:37 pm

    “If David Oritz, Jason Giambi and Ryan Howard were stocks, and you could only purchase one, who ‘ya got?”

    Giambi = Enron

    :)

  535. JoeT YANKEES LETS GO CY WANG May 4th, 2008 at 4:37 pm

    wow double minor

  536. trisha - I believe in Ks - Kyle and Kei! May 4th, 2008 at 4:38 pm

    RayBlay, I don’t know if you saw it but the other day Pete had a link to an article he mentioned in his blog. The article was an interview – I can’t remember the MLB player who was interviewed. They asked the player who he would like least to be in a fight with (something like that) and the player said Kyle! The article linked to a bench clearer video when Kyle was with Detroit, and they showed him taking out Jeremy Apfeldt. I’ll see if I can find that link. He sure is a wild dude!

  537. Carlo May 4th, 2008 at 4:39 pm

    Nice win for the yanks…. sad day for IPK, I still believe that he’ll be back very soon coz’ he has the stuff… unlike Phil hughes who needs 1 or 2 more pitches to be effective… as I’ve written before the Yankees’ offense will pick up when A”K”- Rod came down with that injury. He’s just too stiff in clutch situations and it rubs on hitters above and below him.

    LET’S GO YANKEES!!!

  538. JoeT YANKEES LETS GO CY WANG May 4th, 2008 at 4:41 pm

    OT is so nerve racking + elimination game + penalty kill

  539. trisha - I believe in Ks - Kyle and Kei! May 4th, 2008 at 4:42 pm

    mms://a1503.v108692.c10869.g.vm.akamaistream.net/7/1503/10869/v0001/mlb.download.akamai.com/10869/2005/open/topplays/archive07/071705_kcadet_brawl_350.wmv?media_type=wms&av_type=video&event_pk=437287&product=mlb_tp

  540. trisha - I believe in Ks - Kyle and Kei! May 4th, 2008 at 4:45 pm

    Sorry for the god-awful link!

    Try this and then go to the right and open the first video – Guillen’s HBP

    http://mlb.mlb.com/news/articl.....8;c_id=mlb

  541. canocabrera May 4th, 2008 at 4:46 pm

    Does anyone have the video where he punches Paul Wilson in the face? I’ve never seen that one.. the Affeldt one is great though

  542. Carl Pavano's BFF May 4th, 2008 at 4:48 pm

    Awesome win, Im pretty disappointed to hear the comments from Ian Kennedy. Rasner throws strikes and that’s what we need. IPK better be back to normal. W/O command he is nothing.

  543. jennifer- I got your back Girardi May 4th, 2008 at 4:49 pm

    Does anyone know if Morrow (at least I think that is who it was) is going to get suspended for 3 games. He did after all throw out Morgan’s head, if Morgan didn’t have such quick reflexes it would have hit him. Also please let me know if Gammons will be crying about it on espn.

  544. Nick in SF May 4th, 2008 at 4:51 pm

    Enterprising letter writer to the SF Chronicle solves the Barry Zito problem:

    Editor – I believe I have found the solution to the
    Giants problem. They must give Barry Zito his outright release immediately. Zito can then retire from baseball and take all of the money the Giants owe him and purchase part of the team.

    Assuming the Giants, in their sorry state, are worth maybe $200 million, Zito could become the majority owner with no out-of-pocket expenses for his salary. Then as majority owner he could fire whoever the idiot is whose idea it was to sign him. Assuming it was Peter Magowan – he’s gone. Brian Sabean, because he didn’t have the guts to quit, bye bye. Larry Baer, just because, so long. Bruce Bochy, if you are the one who decided to start Zito Opening Day giving him six starts in April, goodbye to you, too.

    Zito could then take over all four positions saving the Giants even more money as long as he agrees to never activate himself. A win-win if you ask me.

  545. Brandon (supporting "Alex being Alex") (J.Santana HR allowed count: 7) May 4th, 2008 at 4:53 pm

    ok I just saw the Justin Christian catch , WOW IN SO MANY WAY ! 8O

    first he was a good 30 – 35 feet away to the right before ranging for that ball

    second he spiderman’d the wall, he literally left his right foot imprint on the LF blue bag wall. He did a semi 360 in mid air to backhand catch the ball.

    Third Scott Patterson left it right down the pipe to a LHB

    WHO WAS THE LHB ? The mighty Elliot Johnson :lol:

    you guys remember are favorite Rays player, if that play isn’t on ESPN’s top plays they are seriously blind, Justin jump atleast 38 – 40 inches in the air.

  546. Brandon (supporting "Alex being Alex") (J.Santana HR allowed count: 7) May 4th, 2008 at 4:53 pm

    ok I just saw the Justin Christian catch , WOW IN SO MANY WAY ! 8O

    first he was a good 30 – 35 feet away to the right before ranging for that ball

    second he spiderman’d the wall, he literally left his right foot imprint on the LF blue bag wall. He did a semi 360 in mid air to backhand catch the ball.

    Third Scott Patterson left it right down the pipe to a LHB

    WHO WAS THE LHB ? The mighty Elliot Johnson :lol:

    you guys remember our * favorite Rays player, if that play isn’t on ESPN’s top plays they are seriously blind, Justin jump atleast 38 – 40 inches in the air.

  547. jennifer- I got your back Girardi May 4th, 2008 at 4:53 pm

    Nick too funny!

    In all seriousness, I thin Zito needs to talk to Mussina. Mussina is successful with a diminished fast ball. Now given Mikes fb isn’t as slow as Zito’s. But Zito needs to learn to pitch with less stuff.

  548. Brandon (supporting "Alex being Alex") (J.Santana HR allowed count: 7) May 4th, 2008 at 4:55 pm

    in my excitement for that play I made so many spelling errors, I apologize it a was damn good catch.

  549. mel May 4th, 2008 at 4:56 pm

    Just got in. How was the game? Impressions? Recap? Thanks!

  550. Jeff NJ May 4th, 2008 at 4:58 pm

    Brandon, got a link?

  551. Brandon (supporting "Alex being Alex") (J.Santana HR allowed count: 7) May 4th, 2008 at 5:01 pm

    MILBTV

  552. jennifer- I got your back Girardi May 4th, 2008 at 5:01 pm

    I think we owe the Tigers some payback when we visit Detroit.

  553. Brandon (supporting "Alex being Alex") (J.Santana HR allowed count: 7) May 4th, 2008 at 5:03 pm

    :(

  554. jennifer- I got your back Girardi May 4th, 2008 at 5:03 pm

    brandon that doesn’t help :cry:

  555. Nick in SF May 4th, 2008 at 5:03 pm

    NY Rangers: ouch

  556. Nick in SF May 4th, 2008 at 5:04 pm

    Dustin Pedroyer just struck out on a high pitch — he looked like a Keebler Elf trying to chop down a big tree.

  557. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 May 4th, 2008 at 5:14 pm

    So I guess I’m the only one on this board not mourning the rangers…

  558. Kelli in Conn. May 4th, 2008 at 5:18 pm

    Yes Nick in SF, Pedroia is a little runt.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WD_bqXMO5aY

  559. Nick in SF May 4th, 2008 at 5:25 pm

    Pedroyer home movie:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oUs2lxOxpMQ

  560. JK May 4th, 2008 at 5:26 pm

    Relievers used the past 4 days…

    Chamberlain
    Britton
    Albaladejo
    Hawkins
    Ramirez
    Veras
    Ohlendorf
    Rivera
    Farnsworth

    Pete, anytime you want to compare Girardi’s bullpen management to Torre’s again, please smack yourself

  561. Dee May 4th, 2008 at 5:27 pm

    Did anyone watch the Joe Girardi show? Joe said Carl Pavano could be back in the lineup by August??!!

    I hope he was just theorizing b/c that’s what Pavano’s rehab timeline is, or maybe they are planning for him to join the PB when Joba moves to the rotation by August. Anyway I thought that August comment was unexpected.

  562. Dee May 4th, 2008 at 5:28 pm

    *BP*

  563. Nick in SF May 4th, 2008 at 5:30 pm

    I think Girardi meant that Pavono could be back in the infirmary by August.

  564. Bob May 4th, 2008 at 5:39 pm

    Rotation for the Indian series, Andy, Wanger and the Moose.

  565. Brandon (supporting "Alex being Alex") (J.Santana HR allowed count: 7) May 4th, 2008 at 5:56 pm

    It doesn’t appear that they’ll rely on Japanese lefty Kei Igawa to bail them out; they’ve invested $46 million in him ($26 million posting fee, plus five-year, $20 million contract), but he’s at Triple A Scranton.

    Nor do you hear mention of the rehabbing Carl Pavano, who told this reporter he feels he can pitch after the All-Star break, almost a year after Tommy John surgery.

    not this s… again :x

  566. Betsy May 4th, 2008 at 6:07 pm

    http://newyork.yankees.mlb.com.....8;c_id=nyy

    man, I don’t envy Phil at all, but at least he’s not dwelling on the negative. It sucks, though, that he’s going to be away from the team for practically this whole 4 weeks, whatwith leaving the dugout after the 3rd inning. The camraderie of the clubhouse is what players often miss the most when they retire and it seems Phil doesn’t have that anymore. Poor kid.

  567. Brandon (supporting "Alex being Alex") (J.Santana HR allowed count: 7) May 4th, 2008 at 6:14 pm

    Zach McCallister was dominant today

    7 IP, 6H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1BB, 4Ks,
    0.92 ERA, GO/AO 13-4

    Jesus said what up today.

  568. hughman May 4th, 2008 at 8:45 pm

    Soriano has been awful. Ortiz. Howard. Cano until today. The list goes on. Giambi has been bad, but his stats are actually better them before today. Sure, they are much better bets than him to do great rest of the way, my point is only that it is early. Giambi could still end up serviceable. He’s not going to be great, but he is one week-long hot streak away from having decent stats. Oakland is above .500 with Thomas AND Cust getting regular at bats (also a week ago both were as bad as Giambi).

    A non-strict platoon with Duncan might be serviceble, offensively (I’d bat Duncan against some hard throwing righties as well).

  569. JohnC May 5th, 2008 at 9:27 am

    “Bob

    Rotation for the Indian series, Andy, Wanger and the Moose.”

    Hey Bob,

    Terry Cashman could use that line in his next ‘Talkin Baseball, Yankee version”

    “Like Andyyyyyyyyyyyy…. The Wanger and the Moose”

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